Many factors play a role in keeping balance, such as; vision, the inner ear, proprioceptive awareness/sensation, strength, and range of motion. Balance disorder may result from simple conditions such as having a fear of falling or lacking strength, to more complex conditions such as having peripheral neuropathy (loss of sensation in the feet and legs) or after a stroke.
Posture also plays a significant role in maintaining your balance. Poor posture affects your ability to use proper ankle and hip strategies, which help to control your balance. It is common for people with osteoporosis or postural changes to stand at their posterior limits of stability (stand with more weight on their heels instead of their toes) resulting in increased sway and poor ankle strategies & gait mechanics
Conditions that may result in balance deficits may include but are not limited to:
- History of falls or fear of falling
- Dizziness or vestibular disorders
- Cervicogenic dizziness
- Orthopaedic injuries
- Osteoarthritis of the hips, knees or ankles
- Post-operative hip, knee, or ankle surgeries
- Post concussive disorders
- Post stroke
- Multiple sclerosis
- Scoliosis or abnormal posture
At Balance Solutions you will be evaluated by a skilled licensed physical therapist to determine factors contributing to your balance condition, such as; sensation, reflexes, the ability to turn your head when walking (cervical spine mechanics), joint mobility, functional strength, soft tissue mobility, postural alignment, body mechanics and your quality of movement with normal daily activities. Following a thorough evaluation, a personalized plan of care with goals will be constructed specifically to meet your individual needs.