Generalized Weakness & Fear of Falling
Generalized weakness is one of the most common medical complaints of seniors in the U.S. It is characterized by muscle weakness throughout the body. There are so many medical conditions can result in generalized weakness that it is one of the hardest medical complaints to diagnose. Generalized weakness can often lead to falls; falls are a major public health concern. According to the CDC, more than one third of adults 65 and older fall each year in the United States, and 20% to 30% of people who fall suffer moderate to severe injuries. Numerous studies have shown that physical therapy and exercise in older adults increase mobility, enhances the performance of activities of daily living, improves walking, decrease falls, and increases bone mineral density to decrease the risk of fracture.
Potential treatments include: Balance exercises to increase flexibility and strengthen postural muscles of trunk and legs. Class IV laser to provide increased energy with active/resisted motion progressive exercise.