Falls and a fear of falling can diminish your ability to lead a full and independent life. Although 1 in every 4 older adults falls each year, falling is not a part of normal aging. You have the power to reduce your risk of falls. A physical therapist can help you do so by: Assessing your risk for falling, and determining factors that may be contributing to your balance difficulties.
Balance deficits can be a result of a range of factors, and can be a result of dysfunction in many different body systems, including the muscles, joints, inner ear (vestibular), eyes, skin (sensation), and positional awareness (proprioception).
How Can a Physical Therapist Help?
Physical therapists offer numerous options for treating balance problems, based on each person’s needs. They are experts in prescribing active movement techniques and physical exercise to improve: strength, mobility, posture, flexibility and proprioceptive exercises. Utilization of specific treatments to address dysfunction of the inner ear, known as BPPV, may also be a part of the therapist’s approach.
Not sure of the reason for your balance issues or what you should do? Contact one of our 3 locations to schedule an evaluation with one of our expert therapists!