Balance Restoration Program

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:

  • Standardized balance testing
  • Musculoskeletal strength, endurance
  • Joint flexibility and range of motion
  • Gait and functional mobility
  • Balance in a variety of conditions
  • Sensation and sensory integration testing

 

Treatment may include:

  • Vestibular rehabilitation exercises
  • Balance retraining (often conducted in a swimming pool for safety)
  • Gait training
  • Exercise to address musculoskeletal problems
  • General conditioning
  • Fall prevention and recovery
  • Recommendation for home adaptations to increase safety in home

 

The general goals that we strive to achieve with our clients in the balance program include:

  • Restoration of balance function
  • Decrease in dizziness / vertigo
  • Improvement of visual motor control
  • Improvement in sensation and joint position awareness
  • Increased comfort and reduced anxiety enabling more standing activity
  • Development of compensatory strategies for permanent balance impairments

OrthoSport Hawaii

5722 Kalanianaole Highway
Ground Level
Honolulu, HI 96821

OrthoSport Downtown
(Inside Clark Hatch Fitness Center)
745 Fort Street, #105
Basement Level
Honolulu, HI 96813

(808) 373-3555 Phone
(808) 373-3666 Fax

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