Common physical problems among the elderly in the Livingstone district in Zambia: opportunities for physiotherapists

  • Pasmore Malambo
  • Margaret Marais

Abstract

Abstract
Introduction: The study identified prevalent physical problems with regard to physiotherapy needs in elderly
people in the Livingstone District in Zambia.
Objectives: To identify the physiotherapy needs of common physical problems in the elderly.
Methods: A cross-sectional study design, utilising a quantitative research method and a convenience sampling
technique.
Participants: A total of 200 elderly people from the age of 60 years
Setting: Livingstone District in Zambia
Intervention: A structured self-administered questionnaire was used to collect data.
Results: The most common self-reported physical problems identified were musculoskeletal problems, physical
inactivity, decreased ability to walk and the need for walking aids. Hypertension was a common cardiovascular
disorder.
Conclusion: Physiotherapists are ideally suited to alleviate the discomfort, activity limitation and participation
restriction associated with ageing.

How to Cite
MALAMBO, Pasmore; MARAIS, Margaret. Common physical problems among the elderly in the Livingstone district in Zambia: opportunities for physiotherapists. Journal of Community and Health Sciences, [S.l.], v. 1, n. 2, oct. 2006. ISSN 1990-9403. Available at: <http://jchs.epubs.ac.za/index.php/jchs/article/view/148>. Date accessed: 17 oct. 2017.