Physios keeping people on their feet

Physiotherapist and older female woman standing in front of a desk and tv screen
RGH Physiotherapist Leanne Budd (left) helping Deidre Martinelli with balancing exercises.
September 7, 2016

A Rockingham General Hospital (RGH) program focussing on improving balance is helping to keep people on their feet.

Led by the physiotherapy team, the eight-week strength and balance outpatient service aims to assist older adults who have a history of falls or are at risk of falling over.

RGH Physiotherapist Leanne Budd said patients go through a series of practical exercises and education sessions to improve stability on their feet and build their confidence in independent living

“Many of our patients have musculoskeletal and other complex medical conditions that put them at risk of falls which can be detrimental to their health and wellbeing,” Leanne said.

“Our goal is to keep them on their feet and in the community while reducing the need to be admitted into hospital for falls-related injuries.”

Cooloongup resident Deidre Martinelli, who has attended the group for the past four weeks, praised the service for helping her build confidence in walking.

“The balancing exercises have made me feel much more confident on my feet now,” Deidre said.

World Physiotherapy Day (external site) on 8 September highlights how physiotherapy helps people of all ages be active, stay independent and have quality of life.