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.
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.
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.