Physical therapy helps many seniors get back on their feet after an operation or a condition leaves them with some limitations, and it can help restore a better quality of life.
In this guide, we discuss six common reasons many seniors undergo physical therapy, as well as some of the more types and methods of therapy. We’ll also review how Medicare covers physical therapy, so that you can get a better idea of how your therapy services might be covered.
There are several reasons why a senior citizen might undergo physical therapy, such as:
Physical therapy can help seniors develop strength, flexibility and endurance, which are especially helpful in helping prevent falls and keeping seniors healthy and happy overall.
Because there are so many different reasons for going through physical therapy, there are several different types of therapy that can match each unique need.
Depending on your situation, your doctor may recommend one of the following types of physical therapy.
As there are different types of physical therapy, there are also a number of different methods that may be used to deliver therapeutic treatment.
Some of the physical therapy methods used to treat seniors include:
Medicare Part B can cover physical therapy performed in an outpatient setting and some home-care physical therapy may be covered in certain circumstances.
If physical therapy is administered at home, it may be covered by Medicare Part A.
Medicare Advantage plans (Medicare Part C) provide all the same physical therapy benefits as Medicare Part A and Part B. In addition, some Medicare Advantage plans may cover other therapeutic services not found in Original Medicare, along with extended benefits for home care that can include physical therapy.
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This article is for informational purposes only. It is not healthcare advice. Speak to your doctor or healthcare provider about your specific healthcare needs.
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