Physical therapy can be important for helping older adults with chronic and complex conditions maintain and retain their general health, mobility, and independence. With aging, older adults begin to lose flexibility, some bone strength and often their balance. Loss of these physical functions along with any mental health declines can lead to a fall that could cause serious injury. Falls are the major reason seniors require physical therapy. Most patients, aged 65 and over experience some arthritis in their spine, even if they don’t have the symptoms. Physical therapy can help offset arthritis related symptoms through the use of aquatic exercises, hot packs, massages and other techniques.