Posted on 01-16-2018
Do you feel light-headed or unsteady when you stand up suddenly from sitting or lying down? Do you notice that it's harder than it used to be to walk in a straight line? Do you find yourself reaching for furniture or a wall to steady yourself as you walk in your home? Do you look for a place to sit down upon entering a room? Do you like to use a cart at the store even if you only have one or two items to pick up? Have you fallen recently?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you are definitely not alone. There are a lot of reasons for impaired balance, especially as we age. Things like:
Loss of coordination, muscle strength, and flexibility: We lose muscle mass and overall flexibility as a natural result of aging, both of which can impair balance and coordination. Regular exercise is a key for preventing these issues. Your physical therapist can help you develop a personalized exercise program to keep you moving.
Vision: In the aging eye, less light reaches the retina—making contrasting edges, tripping hazards, and obstacles harder to see. Also, those bifocals can cause real problems.
Medications: Some prescriptions and over-the-counter medications can cause dizziness, dehydration or interactions with each other that can lead to a fall.
Environment: Most seniors have lived in their homes for a long time and have never thought about simple modifications that might keep it safer as they age.
Chronic conditions: More than 80% of older adults have at least one chronic condition like diabetes, stroke, or arthritis. Often, these increase the risk of falling because they result in lost function, inactivity, depression, pain, or multiple medications.
Our physical therapist, Todd Dickman, PT, specializes in evaluating and treating balance problems, and in helping you prevent falls and be safer in your home and in our community.
We would like to invite you to come in and meet Todd Dickman, our Physical Therapist in Fallbrook, with no obligation or cost to you.
Call the Fallbrook Spine Center today at (760) 728-8999 today for more information or to schedule your complimentary consultation!