Balance Problems

It is estimated that 1 in 4 Americans 65 and older fall each year. At LaBorde Therapy Center our Physical and Occupational Therapist are experts in Fall Prevention. Our therapist will evaluate and develop a specific plan catered towards your needs.

Factors that attribute to Falls and Balance Issues:

  • Decreased flexibility in ankle, knees, and hips
  • Decreased muscle strength of lower extremities and core
  • Decreased endurance due to sedentary lifestyle
  • Natural aging process (decreased eyesight, reaction time and feeling in feet)
  • Comorbidities including stroke, Parkinson’s disease, brain injury, spine injury, orthopedic surgery, vestibular problems
  • Decreased proprioception
  • Poor posture
  • Medications that cause dizziness or BP changes

Physical Therapy Prevention Program

Physical Therapist with evaluate and Investigate:

  • Number of falls in past year
  • Trouble with ADL (activities of daily living)
  • Activities that cause falls
  • Does room spin? Are symptoms worse in the dark?
Specific tests performed to determine:

  • Flexibility
  • Strength
  • Coordination
  • Visual Tacking
  • Proprioception
  • Balance

Physical Therapy Goals

  • Improve
    Strength by setting up exercise program to address particular muscle weakness or increase overall strength
  • Improve
    Flexibility by stretching tight muscle groups
  • Improve
    Posture by making patient aware of faulty body position that can lead to loss of balance
  • Improve
    Balance by teaching exercise to improve both static and dynamic balance
  • Improve
    Mobility by choosing activities that help patient to move around with more ease, coordination and confidence
  • Increase
    Mobility by choosing activities that help patient to move around with more ease, coordination and confidence
  • Reduce
    Fear of falling with positive reinforcement of successful recovery
  • Reduce
    Fall risk by making patient aware of importance of decreasing household hazards such as loose rugs, poor lighting, aned other obstacles

Tips for Gait

Infographic showing proper heelstrike, footflat, midstance, pushoff, acceleration, midswing and deceleration with instructions underneath

Tips for Balance

Infographic with images contrasting correct posture and incorrect posture. Caption below images says, keep upright posture by looking up at a fixed object on the wall. Do not look down.

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