Balance Retraining

The more you understand your body and how it functions, the better equipped you'll be at taking care of yourself to achieve optimal health. Our team of doctors empower our patients to take charge of your own health and future, educating you about your condition and the precise plan needed to correct the problem and attain your goals. We've included the Patient Education section on our website to provide you with valuable, practical wellness information which you can incorporate into your lifestyle to improve the quality of your life. We hope you will turn to these pages whenever you have a question about health related issues and urge you to contact our practice at any time to make an appointment with one of our doctors.

 

Many factors can cause balance and fall problems, particularly among older adults. In fact, one out of three seniors experiences a fall at least once each year. Leading risk factors for falls include:

  • Being age 65 or older
  • Prior history of falls
  • Pre-existing medical conditions, such as stroke, Parkinson's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis or diabetes
  • Dizziness, vertigo and unsteadiness resulting from inner ear imbalances (vestibular disorders)

After an initial assessment, the physical therapist will create an individualized program of exercises and activities designed to:

  • strengthen weakened muscles, particularly in the ankle, knee and hips
  • increase flexibility
  • regain lost range of motion
  • improve posture, upright stability and movement

The treatment plan often incorporates a walking regimen supplemented by balance, coordination and postural exercises.