Alleviate Concerns of Falling and Improve Balance
A collection of disorders that affect how you walk and maintain your balance while performing simple tasks, gait and balance disorders can be frustrating or even embarrassing. These disorders are relatively common, especially as we continue to age. This means that many people have to take the time to find a way to fix these issues before they get worse. If you have a balance or gait disorder, the compassionate team at Chesapeake Bay Aquatic & Physical Therapy are here to help.
Common Causes of Balance and Gait Disorders
The most common causes of gait and balance disorders are the following:
Injury: Various injuries can lead to gait and balance disorders.
Trauma: If you suffer from a shocking, unexpected, and serious injury, this could cause semi-permanent issues with your mobility.
Inflammation: If you suffer from inflammatory issues such as arthritis, this may cause issues with your gait and balance.
Pain: If you suffer from chronic pain, this may also cause issues with your balance and gait.
The symptoms of balance and gait disorders are as follows:
Difficulty Walking: These disorders may make it difficult for you to walk at a normal pace or for long distances.
Trouble Keeping your Balance: This is one of the top symptoms for those who have a gait or balance issue.
Unsteadiness: If you notice that you feel unsteady while trying to complete regular tasks, this is also a sign of one of these disorders.
Dizziness: You may also experience dizziness when you are doing things such as walking, running, stretching, etc.
Lightheadedness: If you notice that you feel lightheaded after exercising, while you are walking, etc., this may be a sign of a disorder.
Balance and Gait Treatment Options
The treatment for your gait or balance disorder depends on the nature of your issue. If you feel that you may be suffering from such a disorder, one of the caring physical therapists here at Chesapeake Bay Aquatic & Physical Therapy will meet with you. Together, you will create a personalized treatment plan that will include physical therapy, aquatic therapy, therapeutic massage, and more.