Post illness / operative rehabilitation
Early mobilisation after surgery has largely decreased the incidence of muscle weakness and loss of mobility. However elderly patients may already have some degree of muscle weakness or poor mobility because they have been waiting for surgery, or because they may have other conditions such as arthritis or osteoporosis.
Even a few days in bed with flu or a chest infection can have a negative impact on muscle strength balance and mobility in older people.
A physiotherapy assessment can identify any issues with strength, mobility and balance and can deliver a targeted programme of exercises to return the person to pre-illness levels of independence.