General Deconditioning and
By Dr. Melissa Flores PT, DPT
Deconditioning is defined as multiple, potentially reversible changes in body systems brought about by physical inactivity and disuse. These changes include:
The changes that occur with deconditioning are due to a combination of age-related changes, disease, and disuse. Unfortunately, these changes can result in a loss of independence during daily activities, increased fall risk and occurrence of fractures, and loss of energy. Prolonged episodes of bed/chair rest caused by acute illness can dramatically increase these changes.
A physical therapist will do an evaluation and develop and individualized plan to address poor flexibility, weakness, and balance limitations impacting your ability to perform daily activities. Numerous studies have discovered that physical therapy, including a personalized strength and balance program, can have beneficial effects on muscle strength, endurance, balance, walking speed, and overall functional abilities. This can help to reduce fall risk and preserve functional independence.
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