Physical Therapy for Balance Difficulties
Difficulty with balance can occur for several reasons. One example is after a lower extremity injury such as a knee injury. Balance and proprioception, which is one’s awareness of where his/her body is in space, can be altered following an injury or surgery. Difficulty with balance can also occur with aging. Decreased balance can increase risk for falls and fall related injuries.
Symptoms of balance difficulties include:
- Difficulty walking
- Needing to hold on to furniture around your house when walking
- Unsteadiness on uneven surfaces i.e. walking on grass, trails, gravel, etc.
Physical Therapy Can Help!
Physical therapy intervention can be utilized to help with balance problems. Physical therapists can administer a standardized balance scale to assess where difficulties occur for individual people. Balance exercises and lower extremity strengthening can be utilized to help improve balance and increase confidence. Physical therapy intervention may include:
- Lower extremity strengthening
- Balance and proprioception exercises
- Gait training
- Patient education regarding reducing fall risk around the home