Gait And Balance Disorder Specialist

Bay Area Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy located in Lafayette, CA

Gait and balance disorders can make you feel unsteady or dizzy, which can impact your quality of life. If you’ve been diagnosed with a gait or balance disorder, the team at Bay Area Physical Therapy in Lafayette, California, can help you get control again. Schedule an evaluation with a health specialist by calling or clicking today.

Gait and Balance Disorders Q & A

Bay Area Physical Therapy

What causes a gait or balance disorder?

Gait is the manner in which a person walks and balance is how well a person is able to maintain body equilibrium, basically how able a person is to keep themselves upright or in a position of their choosing without losing their balance.

Gait and balance disorders can stem from a wide variety of issues, and your specific condition could be caused by more than one problem, such as:

  • Decreased Strength
  • Poor Flexibility
  • Poor Endurance
  • Injuries causing pain, restriction or weakness
  • Decreased Sensation
  • Memory
  • Dizziness
  • Other Disease Processes (including side effects of medications)
  • Poor Posture
  • Decreased Vision or eye problems
  • Decreased Hearing or other ear issues
  • Changes in the Vestibular System
  • Head trauma
  • Low blood pressure
  • Decreased Proprioception (Body awareness in space)

Balance disorders can come on suddenly or progress over time. The more information you can provide to your healthcare team, the sooner your practitioner will be able to diagnose you and get you started on treatment.

How do I know if I have a balance disorder?

The most common signs of a gait or balance disorder:

  • Having fallen or having had close calls (near falls including tripping or stumbling)
  • Limiting one’s activities due to the fear of falling
  • Limiting one’s activities due to dizziness, weakness, unsteadiness, etc.
  • Pain
  • Restricted joints/muscles
  • Difficulty with activities of daily living or walking
  • Uneven stride while walking

Even having one or a few of these should be taken seriously, don’t wait until you have more symptoms or have had a severe injury. A Physical Therapist has many types of tests and techniques to diagnose balance problems and determine their causes and a plan for recovery.

Do I need physical therapy for a gait and balance disorder?

Yes. Physical Therapy for a gait and/or balance disorder can help to improve balance and strength, create proper body mechanics while walking, and help to prevent future injury.

The team at Bay Area Physical Therapy will work to design a tailored treatment plan based on your needs. Your physical therapy sessions could include:

  • Strengthening and stretching exercises and activities
  • balance and movement strategy retraining.
  • Postural training
  • Vestibular therapy in cases of Vertigo
  • Other interventions to help with pain and inflammation

Physical therapy sessions should decrease your risk of future falls and injuries and improve your posture and confidence. The health specialists at Bay Area Physical Therapy will work closely with your physician to improve your quality of life and minimize the issues that can occur with gait and balance disorders.

If a gait and/or balance disorder is affecting your life, schedule an evaluation at Bay Area Physical Therapy by clicking or calling today.