Poor Balance / Risk of Falling

About Poor Balance / Risk of Falling
Did you know that one out of three adults aged 65 and older fall each year? Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries. Our ability to balance when walking or moving can change for a number of reasons. As we age, there is a natural loss of balance due to slowing down of reflexes, muscle weakness and tissue changes. In addition, arthritis in the ankles, knee or hips can affect balance. Furthermore, any neurological changes such as Parkinsons Disease, spinal cord injuries, nerve injuries, back problems and much more can play a role in diminished balance.

Our ability to balance relies mainly on 3 factors. Our ability to perceive movement comes from the nerve sensors in our joints and muscles, our vision and the position of our head in space through the vestibular system in the inner ear. When any one of these factors is not optimum, our ability to balance is affected and our risk for falling greatly increases.

The good news is that there is a lot than can easily be done to improve your ability to balance, which improves your walking and makes the risk of falling significantly less.

How physical therapy helps
Physical therapy is the main treatment for poor balance and reducing the risk of falls. It begins with a thorough evaluation of your walking, balance, coordination, joint movement, range of motion and strength. In the case of neurological conditions, more testing is done to determine visual tracking and your vestibular system function, which contributes to your balance.

After discovering the root cause of your balance difficulties, we program a treatment plan that will improve your ability to balance, walk and negotiate many different uneven terrains such as grass, sand, stairs and more. In addition, if you use a cane or walker, we can instruct you in the proper use of that adaptive equipment. Physical therapy goes a long way to improving your balance and setting you on the safe path to enjoying activities you love. Call us today to learn more how we can improve your balance and walking!

Our locations

OFFICE HOURS: MONDAY - FRIDAY FROM 8:00 a.m. TO 5:00 p.m.

  • Barefoot Bay

    8000 Ron Beatty Blvd.
    Micco, FL 32976
    321-802-5807
  • Indian Harbour Office

    2030 S Patrick Dr Ste 3
    Indian Harbour Beach, FL 32937
    321-802-5806
  • Viera/Rockledge Office

    5445 Murrell Rd Ste 105
    Viera, FL 32955
    321-802-5807
  • Melbourne Office

    709 S Harbor City Blvd Ste 100
    Melbourne, FL 32901
    321-802-5810
  • Suntree Office

    6300 N Wickham Rd Ste 116
    Melbourne, FL 32940
    321-802-5813
  • West Melbourne/Palm Bay

    4311 Norfolk Pkwy Ste 116
    West Melbourne, FL 32904
    321-802-5816