Balance Problems

What leads to balance problems & what can be done about it?

Balance problems will happen if you get poor information from your senses, have muscle weakness, have problems with your joint issues, or if you are unable to react quickly enough.

For those aged 65 or more, balance problems and falls very often lead to a loss of independence. Following an admission into hospital for a fall, about 50% of this age group are unable to return home. Also for this age group in the U.S., falls are the sixth leading cause of death.

Usually people experiencing balance problems will say that they feel unsteady, or nervous, or fear they will fall, in the following situations:

  • They are on uneven or soft surfaces.
  • They are doing stairs.
  • They make quick changes in direction or head movements.
  • They step over things.
  • They become distracted or tired.
  • They are in low light conditions.

A physiotherapist certified in VRT can find out where your balance problems are coming from

They can also find out if you are in danger of falling. They can give you customized exercises and other solutions to help to overcome these issues and keep you safe.

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This information is not provided to self-diagnose. Balance problems comes from many sources. It is therefore very IMPORTANT that you also consult your doctor.