Imbalance is a limitation in your ability to sit or stand upright and prevent yourself from falling. We use multiple strategies and body systems to maintain our balance as we move. We use the strength of our muscles, the sensation in our feet and joints, the inner ear organs, and vision to keep us moving safely. In order to have good balance, all of these systems need to be working and coordinating together. If one of these systems is not working properly, it can disrupt balance and put someone at risk for falling and potential injury.
How can physical therapy help?
Physical therapy can identify the cause of imbalance through a comprehensive evaluation. Once the cause is identified, the physical therapist can tailor an exercise program to address these specific limitations. It may be exercises to strengthen your leg and core muscles, exercises that challenge your balance in a standing position, or exercises to help your brain compensate for inner ear dysfunction. This will ideally improve your balance, decrease your risk for falling, and improve your overall quality of life.