Do Not let a fear of falling keep you from being activeThe good news is that there are clinically proven ways to prevent most falls and we can help. We would like to help you regain a safer and more active lifestyle. There are many causes of balance disorders such peripheral neuropathy, weakness, neurological conditions, medication issues and low blood pressure. Problems that affect the skeletal system including arthritis and kyphoscoliosis can also affect balance.
IT STARTS WITH A THOROUGH EVALUATION
Physical Therapy starts with a thorough evaluation of your health & fall risk factors. Your therapist will assess and review the following areas:
- Medical History Review
- Balance Assessment
- Walking (Gait) Patterns
- Strength Testing
- Visual Screenings
- Blood Pressure and SpO2 (Oxygen Saturation) Measurements
- Assistive/Adaptive Device Use
- Footwear Assessment
- Flexibility Testing
How our physical therapists may help
Physical therapy treatment can assist patients with balance disorders in several ways. As experts in the evaluation and treatment of movement, muscle, joint, and nervous system disorders, our physical therapists can prescribe and implement a variety of treatments including:
- Coordination Exercises
- Proprioception Exercises
- Strengthening Exercises
- Stretching and Range of Motion Exercises
- Posture Exercises
- Retraining of the Inner Ear
- Visual Tracking Training
THREE IMPORTANT aspects of treatment
Reduce Fall Risk. We will help you identify areas that pose a risk to your safety. Your physical therapist will assess hazards in your home and community that can increase your risk of falling.
Reduce Fear of Falling. By addressing your specific problems our physical therapists will help build confidence in your ability to move freely and perform daily activities. As you regain self-confidence in your mobility you will be able to enjoy a more normal lifestyle with less fear of falling.
Care Collaboration. Working in collaboration with your medical doctor, we can better address your balance disorder and decrease your fear and risk of falling.
Education is therapy
The most important part of treating a balance disorder is understanding your diagnosis, the cause of the problem, and how to manage it. That is why we place great emphasis on patient education especially related to safety and activity modification. You will be given a personalized prevention program to address the findings we identify during your initial visit.