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).