How often do you experience problems with balance? Is your balance worse at nighttime or in the dark? Does the room spin or feel off-balanced? If these questions sound familiar, physical therapy could be a great treatment option for you.

How do we define dizziness?

Although generally not considered serious, dizziness often exposes other medical conditions. Dizziness can be due to an inner ear disorder, a side effect of medications, a sign of neck dysfunction, or it can be due to a more serious problem such as a brain or a heart problem.

  • Feelings of unsteadiness
  • Wooziness (swimming feeling in head)
  • Lightheadedness
  • Feelings of passing out
  • Sensations of moving
  • Spinning
  • Floating
  • Swaying
  • Tilting
  • Whirling (sensations known as vertigo)

Someone with balance issues may experience tripping, swaying, stumbling, dizziness, vertigo, and falling. Although a person can be fine just standing or focusing on one task, once an additional task is added into the equation, it can cause a fall or injury. Balance problems evoke fear and can lead to less physical activity and frailty. Common balance issues can be caused by:

 

  • Stroke
  • Parkinson Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Brain Injury
  • Arthritis
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Cognitive DIseases
  • Diabetes

And can be caused when systems in the body are properly working together with vision, in the inner ear, muscular system and one’s proprioception. A physical therapist can help…

 

  1. Reduce Fall Risk
  2. Reduce Fear of Falling
  3. Improve Mobility
  4. Improve Balance
  5. Improve Strength
  6. Improve Movement
  7. Improve Flexibility and Posture
  8. Increasing activity levels