Balance problems occur when there are deficits in any one or more of the following:
- Vision: ocular deficits
- Inner Ear: vestibular deficits
- Musculoskeletal: muscle weakness, joint restriction
- Proprioception: awareness of your body in space
Symptoms can be varied and may include one or more of the following:
- Vertigo, dizziness
- Motion sensitivity
- Visual disturbances
- Loss of balance
- Falling, fear of falling
All of which can contribute to a diminished quality of life, secondary loss of muscle strength and flexibility, increased anxiety, and depression.
A variety of factors can cause balance and vestibular problems including but not limited to the following:
- Medical conditions such diabetes, arthritis, CVA, brain injury, concussion, MS, Parkinson’s disease
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Muscle weakness
- Joint mobility restrictions
- General aging
- Inner ear deficits
How Can Physical Therapy Help?
A physical therapist will conduct a thorough evaluation including an in depth medical history, a physical examination to determine deficits in strength, ROM, sensation, vision, inner ear, balance, gait and falls risk assessment.
Information obtained during the evaluation will be used to develop a personalized plan to address deficits, improve strength and mobility, normalize gait and decrease risk of falls and injury.
Common Physical Therapy Goals:
- Reduce risk of falls
- Eliminate or minimize vertiginous symptoms and motion sensitivity
- Reduce anxiety and fear of falling
- Improve ROM
- Increase strength and stability
- Improve balance and compensatory strategies
- Improve postural alignment
- Improve and normalize gait
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