Many factors can cause decreased balance with potential fall risk. Diagnosis of the type of balance deficits or dizziness a person has provides the starting point for specialized physical therapy intervention. Each client can then receive a program of treatment specifically developed to target each of the particular problems that contribute to their balance issue. With this approach, remarkable increases in balance, safety, and reduction of fall risk can be achieved.
Vestibular deficits may contribute to imbalance and dizziness, but other conditions may also cause impairments such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, neurological disorders, trauma, disease, muscle imbalance and weakness. Even something as simple as joint stiffness in the neck or ankles can lead to notable loss of balance and increased fall risk.
Assessment may include:
Treatment may include:
The general goals that we strive to achieve with our clients in the balance program include: