A balance disorder is a condition that affects the inner ear and the brain's ability to process sensory information properly. It can result in feelings of vertigo, lightheadedness, unsteadiness, and even falls. Some people may also experience nausea, blurred vision, and difficulty concentrating. There are many different types of balance disorders, and they can be caused by a range of factors, such as aging, head injury, infections, and certain medications.
Many people with balance disorders struggle to carry out daily activities, such as walking, driving, and even reading. They may feel anxious or depressed due to their condition, which can further exacerbate their symptoms. Physical therapy can be an effective treatment option for balance disorders, as it can help improve balance, reduce dizziness and vertigo, and increase confidence and independence. A physical therapist can work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses your specific needs and goals.
Balance problems can be caused by a wide range of factors, including problems with the inner ear, brain, or nervous system. Some common causes of balance disorders include ear infections, head injuries, stroke, and medication side effects. Other factors that can contribute to balance problems include dehydration, low blood sugar, and changes in blood pressure or heart rate. In some cases, balance problems may be caused by anxiety or psychological factors.
Inner ear disorders
Age-related balance issues
At our clinic, we specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of balance and dizziness disorders. Our team of experts has helped many patients in the community to manage or recover from these conditions. If you are experiencing balance problems, the first step is to see a doctor who can determine the underlying cause and develop an appropriate treatment plan. In some cases, this may involve referral to a specialist, such as one of our balance disorder experts at Physiomove Physical Therapy.
Physical therapist-directed treatment can assist patients with balance disorders in a number of ways. As experts in the evaluation and treatment of movement, muscle, joint, and nervous system disorders, our physical therapists can prescribe and implement a variety of treatments including:
Body Awareness Drills
Muscle Strengthening Routines
Flexibility and Motion Enhancing Movements
Inner Ear Rehabilitation
Visual Motion Monitoring Training
As physical therapists, we believe that education is a vital part of any treatment plan. When it comes to balancing disorders, understanding the underlying causes and contributing factors is key to managing the condition effectively. That's why we work closely with our patients to provide them with the knowledge and tools they need to manage their symptoms and prevent further problems. We believe that by educating our patients, we can help them achieve better outcomes and a better quality of life.
Three important alternatives for treatment
Your physical therapist will assess problem footwear and hazards in your home that increase your risk of balance problems or falling. Household hazards include loose rugs, poor lighting, unrestrained pets, or other possible obstacles.
By addressing specific problems that are found during the examination, your physical therapist will help you regain confidence in your balance and your ability to move freely, and perform daily activities. As you build confidence in your balance and physical ability, you will be better able to enjoy your normal daily activities.
Working in collaboration with your medical doctor, allows you to get two expert opinions and assessments of your condition. Together, we can better address your balance disorders and decrease your fear of falling and fall risks.
If you have BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo), our vestibular therapy experts can perform a series of simple movements, such as the Epley maneuver, which can help dislodge the otoconia (calcium crystals) from the semicircular canal of the ear. In many cases, one session works; other people need the procedure several times to relieve their dizziness.
To help you decide whether to seek medical help for a dizzy spell, ask yourself the following questions. If you answer "yes" to any of these questions, talk to one of our physical therapists and your doctor:
Am I experiencing a sense of instability?
Do I perceive the surroundings spinning around me?
Am I sensing movement despite being still?
Do I encounter balance loss leading to falls?
Do I experience a sensation of falling?
Am I frequently lightheaded or on the verge of fainting?
Is my vision blurry?
Do I ever feel disoriented, losing track of time or location?
Living with a balance disorder can be challenging, but you don't have to face it alone. Our team of skilled physical therapists at PHYSIOMOVE Physical Therapy can help you develop the skills and strategies you need to manage your symptoms and reduce your risk of falling. We offer personalized evaluations and treatment plans, as well as ongoing support and guidance, to help you achieve your goals and improve your overall health and well-being.
Reach out to us today and discover how we can create a personalized treatment plan for your balance problem.
Reference: ChoosePT: Symptoms & Conditions