The brain receives impulses from the body-position senses, inner ear, and eye to send notifications to the muscular system so it can move and maintain balance. Balance issues occur when any of these senses become disabled. Problems with balance make it difficult for people to maintain stability when standing, sitting, and walking. Did you know that up to 75% of Americans over the age of 70 are diagnosed with abnormal balance? And although the difference in genders is slim, older women are more prone to develop balance issues. The good news is physical therapists develop tailored treatment plans for individuals to improve their stability, strength, and mobility. If you’re experiencing balance issues and you need a physical therapist in Nottingham to evaluate you, Comprehensive Spine & Sports Center can create a treatment plan for you.
Causes and Symptoms of Balance Issues
When any of the systems in the body aren’t functioning properly, balance problems occur. Those with balance issues will experience swaying, tripping, vertigo, dizziness, and falling. Beware of joint stiffness, inner ear problems, muscle weakness, aging, and a sedentary lifestyle as they are all factors that contribute to balance issues. Medical conditions that cause balance issues include brain injuries, stroke, diabetes, spinal cord injuries, cognitive diseases, arthritis, and multiple sclerosis. A big factor in balance problems are issues with the ears. Inner ear issues develop from poor nutrition, trauma, or aging. Finally, if muscle flexibility and strength decrease due to a sedentary lifestyle or disease that can impact your stability.
How a Physical Therapist Can Help
Physical therapists evaluate muscles, joints, inner ear, eye tracking ability, skin sensations, and position awareness in the joints. Then they’ll prescribe physical exercise and active movement techniques to improve these systems. You can expect working with a physical therapist will reduce your risk of falling, improve your balance, increase activity level, and improve flexibility and posture. Don’t hesitate to reach out to Comprehensive Spine and Sports Center if you need a physical therapist in Nottingham.
Looking for a Physical Therapist in Nottingham?
Dr. Cohen and his staff at Comprehensive Spine & Sports Center in Essex have over 30 years of experience working with patients. Our physical therapists look forward to helping you improve your health and feel better. Additionally, we offer chiropractic care, aquatic therapy, and non-surgical spinal decompression. To schedule an appointment today or for more information, contact us!