WHAT ARE BALANCE & GAIT DYSFUNCTIONS?
Balance and gait dysfunctions affect many individuals at some point in their lives and occur when a disease, trauma, injury or natural aging process result in the inability to maintain the body over the feet. This can lead to decreased stability, loss of balance and falls. Balance and gait dysfunctions commonly result in decreased participation in recreational activities, decreased independence, and increased risk of falls during everyday activities.
Pain 101: Intro To Balance & Gait Dysfunctions
Are you experiencing pain or problems with your balance and gait? Click on this video to learn more about balance & gait dysfunction and steps you can take to decrease your pain.
the main types of balance and gait dysfunctions?
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What is Physical Therapy?
- Physical therapists are trained, licensed specialists who help individuals develop, maintain and restore maximum movement and function. Physical therapists specialize in helping individuals restore flexibility and strength in the lower extremities and trunk to allow you to improve your balance, gait mechanics and return to your previous activities. Discuss with your doctor if physical therapy is a good option for your balance and gait dysfunction.
- Medical research has shown physical therapy to be an effective treatment with positive long term outcomes for patients with balance & gait dysfunctions. A successful treatment plan consists of the following: hands-on therapy, an exercise program, and balance & gait training.
Physical Therapists are trained to apply specialized hands-on techniques that help to retrain postural muscles and restore muscular recruitment during activities.
A patient-specific exercise program focusing on flexibility, strengthening, narrowing the base of support, and altering ground surfaces will be designed to help you return to your optimal daily activity and quality of life.
Physical therapists are experts at movement analysis. Your physical therapist will help you increase strength and flexibility to improve your balance and gait mechanics during daily activities.