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Posted on 01-08-2019

Does Physical Therapy Help With Balance Problems?

There are many issues that may cause balance problems for someone. These problems may include muscular weakness, stiff joints, inner ear problems, poor eyesight, lack of exercise, injury, aging, poor circulation, disease, the taking of certain medications, and on, and on.

Balance is very important to everyday living and general health. We, at Allied Physical Therapy, would like to provide our readers some information on how to overcome balance issues while reducing the risk of getting injured due to a fall.

How Does PT Help With Balance Problems?

Physical therapy can help with balance issues by evaluating where the problem is stemming from along with addressing risks and fixing core and other muscular issues. 

Risk Reduction

One of the first things that is discussed at your physical therapy appointment will be how to reduce the risk of falling in your day to day life. This may involve discussing the use of stairs, avoiding things in your home that could cause unsteadiness, along with an evaluation of the patients used footwear.

Balance Exercises

Your physical therapist will then design a custom exercise program aimed at improving your balance. Focuses include sitting and standing, and walking and turning.

Strength Building

Many who have experienced balance problems, in turn, choose to lead sedentary lives due to their fear of falling. This is in fact counteractive since the lack of movement and exercise causes a decrease in strength. Adding specific exercises to a patient’s routine can strengthen and stabilize muscles improving the patient’s balance. Patient’s that suffer from balance problems require different treatments to regain their balance. 

Inner Ear Problems Causing Balance Issues

Inner ear problems can cause balance issues. Vertigo, balance problems, and dizziness can be some of the symptoms you may experience when your vestibular organs are damaged due to an injury or disease.

Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy, or VRT, is an exercise program that promotes the compensation of the central nervous system for an inner ear deficit. Vestibular Rehab can help with a variety of balance problems, such as Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) along with unilateral or bilateral vestibular hypofunction (reduced inner ear function) associated with Ménière’s disease, labyrinthitis, and vestibular neuritis. Patients with long-term inner ear disorders who have seen little or no improvement after undergoing a period of medical management surely may benefit from vestibular rehabilitation. Our balance treatment can also help people who have suffered from a loss of vestibular function following surgery.

Physical Therapy Can Help

Allied Physical Therapy, a Massachusetts based physical therapy clinic in Foxboro, Norwood, and Framingham offers complete treatment solutions for patients suffering from a vast array of balance issues. Please contact us at one of our locations to schedule an initial evaluation.

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