Prairie Rehabilitation has therapists with specialty training in the treatment of poor balance. These therapists will work with you to improve posture, address lifestyle changes, restore muscle imbalance, and improve flexibility. In addition, your physical therapy team will address issues of the inner ear, eye tracking ability, skin sensation, and position sense of the joints (proprioception).
Your physical therapist will conduct a thorough examination that includes a review of your health history. This may include a questionnaire asking you to recall any past injuries, location, nature and behavior of your current symptoms, and medical diagnoses that may impact your therapy program. This will include a fall history asking for your input on frequency and type of falls, conditions surrounding the fall or loss of balance, medication list, and any recent follow up with your eye specialist and physician, change in your activity level and any recent injuries you may have sustained. You can expect a physical examination that includes evaluation of your strength, flexibility, posture, sensation, coordination, visual tracking and balance testing. Your physical therapist, with your input, will design a plan of care that meets your needs.
Due to the complexity of balance issues, there is no “typical” plan. Our physical therapists will work with you to address the issues discovered in your evaluation. The plan may address goals to reduce your chances of and fear of falling, joint stiffness, muscle weakness, changes of sensation, decreased balance, and to help you get back to what you would like to be doing. This is done through visual tracking exercises, addressing limited flexibility in your joints and muscles, targeting weak muscles of the leg and trunk that may cause an increased chance of falling, and manual therapy techniques. You can expect to be educated on your therapy program and goals.