Bethesda Hospital East

Having Trouble with Balance?

 

Have you recently fallen?  Are you unsteady on your feet?  Do you no longer participate in activities you enjoy because you have difficulty keeping balance?  Research shows that rehabilitation and balance retraining can help people experiencing balance disorders.

 

Although falls contribute to more than 40 percent of hospital admissions in the elderly, balance and strengthening exercises have been found to significantly reduce the risk of falling.

 

If you ever experience dizziness, vertigo, falls or interruptions in balance, help is available through vestibular therapy and testing.  An alternative to medication or surgery, rehabilitation focuses on improving balance and reducing symptoms of vertigo.

 

The first step is to talk to your doctor about your symptoms and balance or vertigo therapy.  You will need a prescription from your physician to begin our program.  Then, you will have an evaluation by a physical therapist to determine your specific needs before our team of licensed therapists design a treatment plan to meet your individual goals. In addition, your physician may also order an electronystagmography (ENG) test by an audiologist to help identify any vestibular problems. 

  

Type of Therapy

 

      Benefits

 

      Techniques

 

Balance Therapy 
  • Decreased symptoms
  • Increased independence in activities of daily living
  • Decreased incidents of falls
  • Increased self-confidence and self esteem 
  • Balance exercises
  • Conditioning exercises
  • Proprioception exercises
  • Flexibility exercises
  • Strength training
  • Gait training
 Vestibular Therapy
  • Decreased symptoms, such as dizziness
  • Increased independence in activities of daily living
  • Decreased incidents of falls
  • Increased self-confidence and self esteem
  • Specific retraining exercises
  • Repositioning maneuvers
  • Balance exercises
  • Strength/Conditioning exercises
  • Gait training
  • Individualized home programs

  Commonly referred vestibular diagnoses include:

  • BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo)
  • Vertigo 
  • Vestibulopathy 
  • Vestibular Neuronitis 
  • Labyrinthitis 
  • Ataxia 
  • Peripheral Vertigo 
     

Keeping Your Home Safe

If you are one who might be at risk for falls, you can make changes that will help you prevent falls at home. Remember to always wear shoes or slippers having a firm, non-slip sole, whether inside or outside of your home. 

 

Contact Us

To schedule an appointment, call Central Scheduling at 561.374.5700.
For more information call 561.292.4580.

 

Balance & Vestibular Therapy is available at the Bethesda Professional Plaza, Bethesda Health City, DeVos-Blum Family YMCA of Boynton Beach and the Blum Family YMCA of Boca Raton.