Many people can’t get better in the designated time allotted by insurance companies. That does not mean that they can’t get better. It takes time to build leg strength and to make functional and balance improvements.
Seniors experiencing illness or injury get caught up in a yo-yo cycle of recovery; building strength and then losing strength once therapy stops. The typical duration of Medicare physical therapy is 2-6 weeks. According to research, substantial strength gains require 12+ weeks.
Most older adults can’t or don’t challenge themselves sufficiently to maintain strength. Research indicates that a person loses strength within 3-5 days after strength training has stopped. When diagnosed with a debilitating disease, it becomes even more important to stay on track with an effective leg-strength exercise program.
When the loss of “functional leg strength” is evident, e.g. recent falls, the need of a walker for stability, difficulty with stair climbing and lack of steadiness on one’s feet, we are skilled at getting your loved one back on their feet.
We have no limitations. We recognize that functional leg strength is achieved through customized, exercise programs that build strength with repetition in regular intervals. We earn the trust of a loved one, instill self-confidence and create an ongoing, challenging atmosphere that causes the loved one to experience great satisfaction in accomplishing independence and safe mobility.
Everyone starts to lose strength within 3-5 days after strength training has stopped. So many older adults can not afford to lose any strength because they are just getting by.
As physical therapists, we continue to challenge all of our clients in a way that caregivers and families can’t. We address the root cause of their mobility issues and help older adults build strength so they can enjoy their independence and keep living costs lower.