Balance and Unsteady Gait

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Balance and Unsteady Gait

A balanced body is imperative to living a healthy, successful life. A person’s “gait,” or way in which they walk, is heavily reliant on our body’s balance and is certainly something that we mistakenly take for granted. Unsteady gait can lead to a number of adverse consequences and its underlying causes should be confronted by a physical therapist once detected.

While there is a plethora of known causes for unsteady gait, the most common cases include underlying physical disabilities and largely affect older individuals. Orthostatic hypotension (drop in blood pressure after standing) and arthritis are just two of these top causes. That being said, an unsteady gait should not be associated with aging alone and is prevalent in younger demographics as well. Anyone who suffers a severe injury and is admitted to long-term hospital care are just as susceptible. Aside from arising physical complications being the root cause, mental disorders- which affects any age- can also cause these issues.

Balance impairments can cause numerous detrimental results. Gait disorders are leading causes in falls amongst older people since it hinders their overall motor functions. The trauma that falling induces can lead to prolonged disability and loss of an independent lifestyle. In the most devastating cases, these falls can be fatal.  

Fortunately, there are ways to help lessen the severity of unsteady gait and other balance impairments. While there are some simple exercises you can perform in the comfort of your own home, physical therapy is absolutely necessary in order to properly restore balance and correct posture. This does not necessarily mean you have to give up the comfort however. Advance At Home Physical Therapy has licensed professionals on-call to work with you in your own home. And the flexibility doesn’t end there. Our territory extends over all of Long Island. So, if you find yourself in need of our services and live in Nassau, Suffolk, or the five boroughs, you’re eligible for our care.

 

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