Publication Date

Spring 2015

Document Type

Project Summary

Degree Name

Doctor of Physical Therapy


Physical Therapy

First Advisor

Russell E. Carter, PT, Ed.D.

Second Advisor

Robin Washington, PT, Ph.D., CRC

Third Advisor

Rebecca K. Wojcik, PT, Ed.D., GCS


Background: The purpose of this case report was to describe the use of task-specific resistance training bedside on an 80-year-old deconditioned female.

Case Description: The patient was a retired 80-year-old African-American female seen in a skilled nursing facility who was hospitalized due to defibrillator firing with atrial fibrillation with abdominal pain and Clostridium Difficile. Three weeks prior the patient was hospitalized for a right inguinal hernia repair.

Outcomes: The patient was unable to return to her prior level of independence for all functional mobility, yet the patient increased her gait distance, improved her lower extremity strength evidenced by manual muscle testing and decreased the level assistance needed with bed mobility, transfers and gait as measured by the functional independence measure.

Discussion: Although this single case report limits generalizability, this case indicates that task-specific resistance training as a method for treatment of deconditioning may benefit other older adults who are confined to their room to complete physical therapy.