Good Balance = Stable Walking
Do you experience knee buckling or unsteadiness when you walk? Do you trip over your toes? Do you have to “steady yourself” immediately after standing up, or sometimes when you’re standing still? Do you often feel like your legs are tired, even when you haven’t done much? If so, you may be suffering from a balance or gait disorder.
Balance training and neuromuscular re-education activities are used by physical therapists to improve balance and stabilize gait.
Why do Balance and Gait Disorders occur?
There are multiple reasons that can cause imbalance or difficulty walking to develop, from weakness after prolonged illness, to diabetic neuropathy and everything in between.
Many times, not seeking physical therapy following surgery or injury could cause weaknesses that decrease your balance and walking stability in the future.
If you have already have surgery scheduled, or have already experienced an injury to your lower body, call to schedule a Recovery Mapping session to see how physical therapy can help you fully recover.
How does physical therapy help?
Physical therapy can provide you with the tools you need to relieve the symptoms of your balance or gait disorder. In many cases, it can even help you recover completely from your condition. One of our dedicated physical therapists will conduct a comprehensive physical evaluation to examine your balance, gait, stance, symptoms, and medical history. From there, a personalized treatment plan will be created for your specific needs.
THIS TREATMENT PLAN MAY INCLUDE:
This is a balance-and-gait-specific type of rehab that works to improve your vision, muscles, nerves, and vestibular system as a whole, in order to maintain a steady balance. If you are suffering from Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), your physical therapist will provide you with specific exercises that will return the calcium debris to the correct parts of your ear.
Gait Retraining Exercises
Sometimes, abnormalities in gait can be corrected through retraining. If this is the case, your physical therapist will walk you through proper posture, stance, and walking techniques. In a study cited by the Arthritis Foundation, patients suffering from osteoarthritis-related gait disorders were able to successfully alter their gait through treadmill exercises.
Your evaluation will help determine any problem areas in your body that may need help. Your physical therapist will provide you with strengthening exercises that will build up your muscles, thus making it much easier for you to move around and reduce your risk of injury.