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With Balance Disorders and Fall Risk
What Are the Symptoms of a Balance Disorder?
If you have a balance disorder, you may stagger when you try to walk, or teeter or fall when you try to stand up. You might experience other symptoms such as:
- Dizziness or vertigo (a spinning sensation)
- Falling or feeling as if you are going to fall
- Lightheadedness, faintness, or a floating sensation
- Blurred vision
- Confusion or disorientation.
Other symptoms might include nausea and vomiting, changes in heart rate and blood pressure, and fear, anxiety, or panic.
Symptoms may come and go over short time periods or last for a long time, and can lead to fatigue and depression.
What Causes Balance Disorders?
There are many causes of balance problems, such as medications, ear infections, a head injury, or anything else that affects the inner ear or brain. Low blood pressure can lead to dizziness when you stand up too quickly. Problems that affect the skeletal or visual systems, such as arthritis or eye muscle imbalance, can also cause balance disorders. Your risk of having balance problems increases as you get older.
Unfortunately, many balance disorders start suddenly and with no obvious cause.
Common Diagnoses We Work With Include:
- Central Nervous System Disorders
- Age-Related Balance Dysfunction
- Oculomotor (Visual) Dysfunction
- Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
- Ménière’s Disease
- Vestibular Neuronitis
- Muscle Atrophy
- Nerve Injuries
Treatment for Balance Disorders
There are more than a dozen causes of dizziness and many reasons why you might have difficulty with your balance.
Treatment of balance & dizziness disorders can be very complex. Nevertheless, we have helped numerous residents in the community cope with or recover from conditions that cause balance disorders.
The first thing your doctor will do if you have a balance problem is determine if another health condition or a medication is to blame. If so, your doctor will treat the condition, suggest a different medication, or in many cases, refer you to one of our balance disorder experts here at Bryant Physical Therapy™.
How Our Physical Therapists Can Help
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:
- Coordination Exercises
- Proprioception Exercises
- Strengthening Exercises
- Stretching and Range of Motion Exercises
- Posture Exercises
- Retraining of the Inner Ear
- Visual Tracking Training
Education is Therapy
The most important part of treating a balance disorder is understanding your diagnosis, the cause of the problem, and how to manage it. That’s why we place great emphasis on patient education and coordination of care with your referring physician.
Three Additional and Important Treatment Options:
Reduce Fall Risk
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.
Reduce Fear of Falling
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.
Positional Vertigo – A Common Cause of Dizziness & Balance Disorders
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.
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At your evaluation appointment, you will meet with a physical therapist who will perform a thorough evaluation that includes:
- A review of your health history and your specific symptoms.
- A thorough examination that includes assessing the quality and quantity of your movements, and any factors that might put you at risk for delayed recovery or might indicate a serious health problem.
- Assessment of how you use your body at work, at home, during sports, and at leisure.
- Determination of the diagnosis and impairments that are causing your pain and establishment of a treatment plan of care.
What Our Clients Say
I have been a client since 2014 at which time I had my first of many surgeries. I started out with back surgery where my L 4 was fused with my L 5. I went through about two months of PT on my back and fully recovered from it. Then later in same year, I had my first knee replacement, followed by the other knee the following year. Then two carpel tunnel surgeries. Each time after each surgery, I underwent PT and received excellent care from Larry Bryant. I have worked with Larry and Mike and his staff for over a year. I started out by receiving therapy with Mike and his associate Priscilla. My wish was and is that to delay knee surgery. Mike and Priscilla have made my wish come true. They put my knee in place and I have been able to function most normally without further therapy or cortisone shots
I can’t say enough about this facility which enabled my body to recover 100%. At present, I am walking so much better and I have no joint pain anywhere!
All of his staff are very competent in what they do.
I still patronize them, as I am part of his “WELLNESS” club in which I still can work out and use the machines that I used in my PT. This is key in keeping my body flexible and in excellent working condition!
Thank you Larry, Mike and Brett and your staff for ALL you do for ALL your patients!!
I was so at ease and happy with the staff including the ladies in the office that I continued using the facility with their wellness program
I actually look forward to my visits that run around three times a week. If I have any problems that may occur with my leg, Mike is very open to a new exercise— and it works! There is always a greeting when I arrive. Everyone including the clients has formed a congenial group. We laugh and joke with each other
But the staff also takes their jobs seriously. They listen to us , they show real empathy to our problems. AND they make us better
Thanks for being there. I look forward to working with you for a long time
I have been a client since 2014 at which time I had my first of many surgeries. I started out with back surgery where my L 4 was fused with my L 5. I went through about two months of PT on my back and fully recovered from it. Then later in same year, I had my first knee replacement, followed by the other knee the following year. Then two carpel tunnel surgeries. Each time after each surgery, I underwent PT and received excellent care from Larry Bryant.
I have worked with Larry and Mike and his staff for over a year. I started out by receiving therapy with Mike and his associate Priscilla. My wish was and is that to delay knee surgery. Mike and Priscilla have made my wish come true. They put my knee in place and I have been able to function most normally without further therapy or cortisone shots