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Therapy for Balance Disorders

Woman and kid playing outsideThe body relies on information from vision, proprioception from your muscles and joints, and the vestibular system of the inner ear. Typically, these systems integrate seamlessly without delay so we can maintain our balance while interacting with our environment. However, if one or more of these systems has been affected by injury or illness, the subsequent deficit can increase risk of falls.

Older adults are at an increased risk for falls due to age-related physical changes and can be screened for fall risk by a therapist. According to the Centers for Disease Control, one of every four older adults falls each year, but less than half tell their doctors. Additionally, after an initial fall, older adults are twice as likely to fall again.*

Balance can be improved by working with a therapist to address any areas of concern an individual may have. Therapists trained in balance problems will assess an individual’s fall risk, and then will design a customized program of balance retraining and exercises to reduce the risk of falls.

Six ways you can prevent falls:

  1. Exercise to improve your balance and strength.
  2. Have your healthcare provider review your medications.
  3. Talk to your doctor if you have fallen or if you are concerned about your risk of falls.
  4. Have your vision checked.
  5. Consider ways to make your home safer.
  6. Wear supportive shoes.

*Centers for Disease Control. (2023, May 12). Facts about Falls. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.

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