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Balance Training

Physical Therapy Services

Conveniently located in Waterloo, NY on Rte 5 & 20

Finger Lakes Physical Therapy

(315) 539-4683
"Austin's is great. They work with you to get you back in the best of shape after injuries and surgeries between working in the gym or in the pool, which is wonderful."
-- JESSICA F. --
"Brilliant physical therapists who genuinely care and want to help you! The facility is nice and up to date as well, and I love the heated pool!"
-- LISA M. --

Physical Therapy for Balance & Fall Prevention

Feeling thrown off-balance? Have you noticed pain in your hips, knees, or other joints that make it difficult for you to walk? Do you find yourself reaching out for walls, railings, or other objects to balance yourself? Is your balance simply not quite what it used to be? If so, you might have a balance or gait issue that needs attention, and we can help you find solid footing.

Underlying musculoskeletal and neurological disorders can cause or aggravate a balance or gait problem, but there may be other causes that Austin Physical Therapy Center can address. Not only can we help you manage your symptoms, in many cases, we can help relieve your condition altogether.

What is the difference between a balance and gait disorder?

Balance and gait disorders belong to a family of functional problems that interfere with positional awareness, a normal means of walking or running, and the ability to stay upright without issues. While they are closely related, they do have some distinct differences:

Gait Disorders
Gait disorders can cause abnormal movements in the way you walk and run, and these can become exaggerated with age. According to a recent study, gait disorders account for 17 percent of senior falls.

Balance Disorders
Balance disorders are both physical and mental, as your brain may think you are moving, even when you are not. Changes to your joint strength, mobility, and ability to sense where your joints are in space all have physical consequences on your balance.

Can physical therapy help with my balance or gait disorder?

Absolutely! Physical therapy is the best option for balance and gait disorders, and our physical therapists can provide you with the best techniques for improving your balance and ability to walk issue-free. When you arrive for your initial consultation, your physical therapist will conduct a comprehensive physical evaluation to examine your balance, gait, stance, medical history, and symptoms, before creating a personalized treatment plan made for your specific needs.

This treatment plan may include:

Gait retraining exercises
Sometimes, abnormalities in gait can be corrected through “retraining” where you learn proper techniques.

Vestibular rehabilitation
If you are suffering from a balance or gait disorder, our Miami, FL physical therapists will provide you with specific exercises that will move the calcium debris to the correct parts of your ear. This physical therapy treatment works to improve your vision, nerves, muscles, and the vestibular system as a whole, in order to maintain a steady balance.

Strengthening exercises
Your evaluation will help determine what problem areas in your body may need help. Our physical therapist will provide you with strengthening exercises that will build up your muscles, thus making it much easier for you to move around and reduce your risk of injury.

Stretches
Stretching will help improve your flexibility and your range of motion. This will give you more control and quicker reactions with your movements, also reducing your risk of injury. It will also keep your muscles from becoming too tight and stiff.

Are you ready to get back on your feet?

Balance and gait issues don’t need to ruin your routine. We’re here to help you get your footing back under you. Request your appointment at Austin Physical Therapy Center today! We’ll help you find the balance you’re looking for, and teach you ways to manage your condition in the future!

Questions? Need to schedule an appointment? Call (315) 539-4683 today!