Your body’s ability to balance allows you to walk without problems. Your sense of balance enables you to negotiate uneven ground, avoid tripping over objects, and many other daily activities, which we often take for granted. Our ability to balance depends on three main components including: sensation from joints and muscles, the inner ear, and vision. As we age, our reflexes slow down slightly. This makes it difficult to adapt to walking on uneven terrain such as grass, cracked pavement, gravel, and stairs. In addition, poor posture, weakness in the hips and legs, and poor eyesight can all contribute to poor balance.
Most people don’t understand that they have balance issues until it is too late and they fall. Falls are the number one cause of death from injury in the US and also cause millions of fractures and injuries each year. Much of this can be prevented with the right physical therapy treatments.
Dizziness can be caused by a number of conditions, but typically occurs from poor perception in the joints / muscles combined with visual tracking problems and inner ear coordination. When the brain receives all these mixed signals, it becomes confused and dizziness occurs. Vertigo is a spinning sensation that typically occurs because of problems between the visual tracking and balance systems in the inner ear.
Physical therapy plays a crucial role in helping dizziness and vertigo, by performing several key treatments. Our physical therapists can help you feel more in control and, in some cases, can achieve instant results with specialized procedures. In other cases, balance and coordination training decrease the symptoms and allow you to move without dizziness or vertigo.
Our expert physical therapists has years of training in movement and balance analysis. Our Physical Therapists evaluate your leg strength, movement, balance reflexes and much more to determine exactly where your balance problem lies. Our Physical Therapists then create a complete treatment plan that will improve your balance and train you on what you can do to maintain the improvement.
Contact us at Lexington, KY center for a free balance and fall prevention screening with one of our physical therapists!