Have you or a loved one had a hospital admission which involved a period of bed rest/inactivity that left you feeling weak? You may have noticed a reduction in muscle mass in your legs, experienced functional decline or had a reduced ability to perform normal daily tasks? This is known as deconditioning.
The statistics show:
- 65% of elderly patients become deconditioned after 2 days of hospitalization
- 67% of patients fail to improve before discharge home
Inactivity and prolonged bed rest is an unnatural state of the human body and has a significant effect on the musculoskeletal system. Disuse can cause:
- 10-20% loss of strength per week
- 50% decrease in muscle strength with 3-5 weeks of total immobility
- 3% loss in thigh muscles within 7 days
With this loss in muscle size and strength, it can be a steep and rapid decent from having wobbly legs, to not being able to perform tasks. The more weakness that occurs, the more dependence you will have on others. This can mean prior to hospital being able to walk around your home and after a bout of illness you no longer have the strength to walk and have a very high risk of falling.
Deconditioning – What can we do for you?
Our team of experienced physiotherapists and exercise physiologist can assess your mobility, strength and balance within the comfort of your own home. We are able to provide you with education and an individualized exercise program to regain muscle strength, balance and ability to perform normal daily tasks. Our aim is to keep you living independently for as long as possible.
If you or your loved ones require our physiotherapy or exercise physiology services to help with restoring function, please contact us.