Seasonal Admission Rates of Geriatric Patients with Musculoskeletal Problems to Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Clinics


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Sarı Z. , Yurdalan S. U. , Polat M. G. , Özgül B. , Kanberoğlu A., Önel S.

Medicine Science, vol.2, no.2, pp.557-563, 2012 (Other Refereed National Journals)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 2 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Title of Journal : Medicine Science
  • Page Numbers: pp.557-563

Abstract

Seasonal variations in the admission rates of geriatric patients with musculoskeletal problems to physical therapy and rehabilitation clinics were examined in this study. Totally 2257 patients (1802, 79.84% female; 455, 20.16% male) over the age of 65 years (mean age 72.32±5.67years) who were admitted to Duygu Private Hospital and Burcu Private Physical Therapy Branch Center in Istanbul were included. Monthly admissions and seasonal distribution were retrospectively calculated for 2 years. Admission rates of females were higher than for males in all seasons; females presented mostly in spring (33.1%), whereas males presented mostly in autumn (30.3%). Examination of monthly and seasonal admission identified gender-based differences according to months (p=0.007) and seasons (p=0.018). Monthly and seasonal admission rates according to age groups showed similar distribution of monthly (p=0.406) and seasonal (p=0.327) admissions. These findings suggest that, due to climatic conditions in Istanbul, seasons with significant temperature changes affected musculoskeletal symptoms and that future studies should further analyze this subject.