Orange County’s Guide to Balance & Gait Dysfunction
What are balance and gait dysfunctions?
Disorders of balance and gait are a leading cause of injuries within the home. The statistics are alarming with falls cited as the leading cause of death due to injury in elderly over the age of 65. There are many reasons why a person’s balance may be impaired or their normal walk may have been altered. Most are of these are related to some underlying medical condition or disease but may also be caused injury. Physical therapists can usually identify root causes and design a treatment plan to restore your gait.
The main types of balance and gait difficulties
What can you do about your difficulties with balance and gait?
Treatment plans and therapies depend on your specific condition. First you should see your doctor about the underlying cause(s) for changes to your gait or impairments to your ability to balance normally. The following are an effective way to treat them regardless of the cause.
Stretches and Exercises for Balance and Gait
Following are exercises that you can try to help your balance and gait. Please go to LIFE+for more videos that may help you. Please consult your physician before trying these, and stop if you experience any pain or discomfort.