Physical Therapy for Balance Loss
A balance disorder is a condition that makes you feel unsteady, especially during walking or standing. Compromised balance reactions of the body can lead to unexpected lurching, weaving, or staggering during walking.
Balance loss can lead to instability when you try to walk or falling when you try to stand up. It can sometimes be complicated by other disorders, such as dizziness or vertigo, fear of falling, lightheadedness, blurred vision, confusion, or disorientation.
What are the Most Common Causes of Balance Loss?
Balance loss occurs when your body isn’t working correctly. Commonly, balance skills falter following prolonged illness, hospitalization, or lack of activity in life. Decreased intensity of the body's usage can lead to muscle weakness and joint stiffness, which further disengage the balance sensors throughout the body.
Other causes of balance loss are:
- Brain Injury
- Decreased Sensation in Feet or Lower Legs Due to Neuropathy
- Medication Interactions
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Muscle Atrophy
- Nerve Injury
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Sedentary Lifestyle
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Weakness or Stiffness in the Legs
- Vision or Hearing Problems
How Can Physical Therapy Help with Balance Loss?
With so many causes of balance loss, it’s important to understand that treatment options can vary. The right treatment plan will address the issues and help to reduce your risk of falling and improve your balance.
Here at Bayside Physical Therapy, we will begin by evaluating your medical history, as well as the onset, duration, and severity of the balance loss. We will develop a customized treatment plan to re-establish balance correction reactions and strategies for safe return to walking and other daily tasks.
Some of the treatment strategies for managing balance loss address the following:
- Gross Motor Coordination Exercises
- Fine Motor Coordination Exercises
- Postural Collapse Correction
- Proprioception Exercises
- Righting Reactions (to correct the sense of upright)
- Functional Strengthening Exercises
- Stretching and Functional Range of Motion Exercises Skills
- Safety Training
When to Seek Help for Balance Loss
The following are some signs of balance lost. Contact Bayside Physical Therapy at (727) 441-5044 for an evaluation appointment.
- Unsteady after getting up from a chair
- Reaching for walls or furniture to steady yourself
- Avoiding walking across open spaces
- Taking small or shuffling steps