Balance & Dizziness
Dizziness and Vertigo
The vestibular system is our “Balance Organ” and lies deep within the inner ear. In one sense it is like a built-in gyroscope. It tells us the position our head, is it turning right or left, is it bending forward or tipping back and how fast all those movements are occurring. This information allows our nervous system to keep us upright and in control. However there are a variety of conditions which cause those signals to become scrambled, resulting in dizziness or vertigo (a sense of the room spinning)
Physical therapy plays a crucial role in treating dizziness and vertigo, by providing several key treatment options. Our physical therapists are trained in specialized physical therapy procedures that can help resolve this issue; in some cases it can achieve instant results. In other cases, balance and coordination training diminish the symptoms and allow you to move without dizziness or vertigo.
Our expert physical therapists have specialized training in movement and balance analysis. We evaluate your leg strength, movement, balance reflexes and much more to determine exactly where your balance problem lies. We then formulate a complete treatment plan that will improve your balance and train you on what you can do to maintain the improvement.
Your body’s ability to balance allows you to walk, to feel steady and in control. It allows you to walk on uneven ground, catch yourself if you stumble and hundreds of other things we all take for granted each day like bending over to pick something up from the floor.
Do you find that your balance is not what it used to be? Do you find that walking distances becomes tiresome and you may even need an assistive device such as a cane or walker to get around?
Our ability to balance depends on three main components including: 1) Sensation from joints and muscles, 2) The inner ear and 3) Vision. As we age, our reflexes slow down slightly. This makes it difficult to adapt to uneven terrain such as grass, cracked pavement, gravel and stairs. In addition, poor posture, weakness in the hips, ankles and poor eyesight can all contribute to poor balance.
Most people don’t understand that they have decreased balance until it is too late and they fall. Falls are the number one cause of death from injury in the US and also cause millions of fractures and injuries each year. Most of this can be prevented with the right physical therapy treatments.
Our treatment is uniquely designed to your needs. We have a computerized balance evaluation computer called a Neurocom which measures many factors responsible for your unsteadiness including; Reaction time and tendencies to lose your balance in a particular direction. This assessment gives us the ability to create a specifically designed treatment program for your unique issues of balance. This gives you great results. Many of our patients no longer have to use canes or walkers to walk anymore, allowing them a greater freedom and safety. Click Make an Appointment or contact us today at Algonquin, IL center!