Balance and Gait Disorders
Balance and difficulty walking does not always just affect seniors, and there are certainly many causes stemming from vertigo, to neurological disorders (such as Parkinson’s disease, MS), body and core weakness, lack of coordination, and so much more. Our physical therapists are highly trained to work with all patients to get to the root cause of their balance and walking issues so that they can remain safe in their home and community.
With more than a third of all U.S. adults 65 and older experiencing a fall each year, with up to 30 percent suffering moderate to severe injuries (according to the CDC), it’s imperative that seniors and those approaching their golden years take balance issues seriously. And physical therapy can help. Falls due to balance issues can be caused by a number of factors, including weakness, joint stiffness, and pain, inner ear problems, the lack of consistent exercise, or simply issues related to aging. Several medical conditions such as arthritis, stroke, MS, and Parkinson’s disease can also increase the chances of a fall. Whatever your background, our physical therapists will assess the cause of your balance issues and provide an individualized program with an eye toward strengthening and stabilizing your body.
Goals of Physical Therapy:
- Reduce the risk of falling
- Improve your balance
- Strengthen your body
- Improve your mobility
- Increase your level of activity
- Reduce your fear of falling
- Establish confidence in yourself and your body
Personalized balance and strengthening regimen
If you’re experiencing problems with balance or have an increase fear of falling, or if you have fallen in the past, our team will provide you with a full balance assessment. From there, we can establish a personalized balance and strengthening regimen for you, providing you with the confidence you need to get back to the activities you love.