Balance deficits are a common problem we work with in physical therapy. Problems with a person's balance can be caused by a wide variety of issues, including: decreased strength, dysfunction in proprioception (the ability for the body to tell where it is in space by 'feel'), disruption in the vestibular system (our inner ear balance systems), lack of sensation/feeling in the feet or legs, trouble in the communication systems between our brain and our body, aging, a wide variety of injuries or dysfunctions causing our brains and/or physical body to stop responding to our surroundings as they typically would.
A physical therapist is specialized to evaluate each specific person and determine which areas may be contributing to that person's balance deficits. Once the PT determines what is likely causing the issue, they can derive a specific and individualized program specially for that patient and their needs in order to work toward their goals of improved safety, mobility, function, etc…
If you answer yes to any of the following questions, you may have a balance deficit. If that is the case, it will likely be beneficial for you to speak with your doctor about your concerns and inquire whether physical therapy could be of benefit to help you address those concerns.
Do I feel unsteady?
Do I feel as if the room is spinning around me at any point in time?
Do I feel as if I'm moving when I know I'm actually still?
Do I lose my balance often?
Have I fallen more than once?
Do I feel as if I'm falling even when I’m not?
Do I feel lightheaded or as if I might faint?
Do I ever feel as though my legs will give out from under me?
Do I often trip over things or drag my feet along the ground, causing unsteadiness?
If you find yourself or someone you love needing a balance specialist or a therapist certified in vestibular rehab, we are here for you and would love to help! 325.793.3400