Your sense of balance enables you to negotiate uneven ground, correct for tripping over objects, and many other daily activities often are taken for granted. Balance problems make it difficult for people to maintain stable and upright positions while standing, walking, and even sitting. Seniors are at a higher risk of having balance difficulties. 75% of Americans ages 70 and older are diagnosed as having “abnormal” balance, and this increases to nearly 95% in those 80+ years old.
Balance problems occur when one or more of four body systems are not working properly: 1) vision, 2) the inner ear (vestibular system), 3) the musculoskeletal system, and 4) the awareness of one’s own body position (proprioception).
Many factors can negatively affect your balance, including:
- Muscle weakness
- Joint stiffness
- Inner ear problems
- Natural aging
- Certain medications, such as those prescribed for depression and high blood pressure
- Lack of regular physical activity or a sedentary lifestyle
Certain medical conditions can cause balance problems, such as:
- Parkinson’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Cognitive impairments and diseases
Most people don’t realize that they have poor balance until they fall. Falls are the number one cause of death from injury in the U.S. and cause millions of fractures and other injuries each year. Fall prevention tactics, including “fall-proofing” your home, are critical to your vitality and longevity.
SCAR Can Help You Stay Upright
Our physical therapists and corrective exercise specialists effectively treat your balance problems by identifying their causes and customizing a program to address your specific needs. Our physical therapist help reduces your risk of falling and your fear of falling by improving your posture, strength, flexibility, and mobility. Many of our patients no longer have to use canes or walkers, allowing greater freedom of safe movement and increased activity levels.
SCAR’s new 4-week “Finding Balance” Fall Prevention Program includes the following:
- Formal physical therapy evaluation to identify your fall risk factors
- Two sessions with a physical therapist
- Five 30-minute personal training sessions with one of our corrective exercise specialists
Functionalexercise instruction and program development
- Ongoing guidance and support
To schedule your “Finding Balance” sessions, please call us at 714-633-7227.
What’s your personal risk of falling? Complete and bring this fall self-risk assessment to your first appointment with us.
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