Balance & Gait Disorders

A balance disorder can cause a person to feel unsteady or dizzy.  These symptoms can be more pronounced when walking of standing.  In 2008, 15% of adults in the US had a problem with balance or dizziness. As many as 75% of people over 70 are diagnosed with “abnormal” balance.  Multiple body systems work together to keep us feeling evenly balanced and when one part is altered it can throw the whole body into confusion. Many elements can contribute to these problems such as medication, ear infection, a head injury or anything that affects the inner ear.  Visual or muscle imbalances can also affect a person.

In physical therapy, our most basic obligation is to medically screen you and make sure that you are being treated in the right place. Physical therapists are trained to identify red flags that would require further medical assessment. If we cannot help you, we will refer you to the proper place. Physical therapists are also trained to help you find the root cause of your condition and to help you resolve your issue without medication or surgery as often as possible.

Your physical therapist can help you address balance and gait disorders and the functional difficulties related to them. Some of the common conditions we address;

Your physical therapist will perform a thorough examination and will work with you to develop your goals for treatment and a physical therapy plan to help you achieve those goals.

You don’t need to struggle any longer, call us to get an evaluation and treatment. Our physical therapists are licensed, experienced and committed to seeing you restored to better health.

 

SOURCES & FOR FURTHER READING:

https://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/balance-disorders

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/balance-problems/symptoms-causes/syc-20350474

https://www.movementdisorders.org/MDS/About/Movement-Disorder-Overviews/Gait-Disorders.htm

https://www.moveforwardpt.com/SymptomsConditionsDetail.aspx?cid=1bb9c784-a874-43b1-976f-d0de03c19f99