Balance Therapy Program
At FYZICAL Therapy & Balance Centers of Oklahoma City, we stop falls. Balance isn’t just in our name it is at the core of why we exist. Physical Therapy for falls prevention has been solely focused on the musculoskeletal system for too long. That’s why FYZICAL has gone beyond standard Physical Therapy to specialize in Balance Rehabilitation. All Physical Therapists know how to treat your musculoskeletal concerns (like pain or weakness), but our Physical Therapists have undergone advanced training to identify deficits in your “ balance system,” and to do it with the respect and understanding you deserve.
What is Balance Rehabilitation Physical Therapy?
Balance Rehabilitation Physical Therapy is the section of physical therapy that deals with the muscles and joints that allow you stay upright and moving (your musculoskeletal system), but they are also experts in your “Balance System.” Your Balance System is really made up of three systems that help your body recognize when you are upright and when you are moving.
- Vestibular System
- Visual System
- Somatosensory System
Balance Rehabilitation Physical Therapy really comes from the growth of Vestibular Rehabilitation and Vestibular Physical Therapy. As part of his long career in Vestibular Rehabilitation, Brian Werner, PT, MPT (National Director of Balance), and others have recognized that balance deficits like those observed with vertigo are not always addressed by examining just the vestibular system. In order to properly address balance deficits, the musculoskeletal system, the vestibular system, the visual system, and the somatosensory system must all be working optimally together.
Physical Therapists who overlook even one component of the musculoskeletal system or “balance system” cannot treat the underlying deficits needed for optimal functioning.
What do Balance Rehabilitation Physical Therapists Treat?
Our Balance Rehabilitation Physical Therapists are experts in treating musculoskeletal concerns, but they are specially trained to identify and differentiate between vestibular, visual, and somatosensory deficits. We treat balance in three primary areas:
Vestibular Rehabilitation: There are certain conditions that are truly vestibular, but for many patients who have vestibular dysfunction, there are other underlying sensory imbalances. These patients need to have their vestibular deficits addressed and then also have their other underlying sensory deficits tested. Some of the vestibular rehabilitation conditions we treat at FYZICAL Therapy & Balance Centers of Oklahoma City include:
- Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
- Mal de Debarquement (MdDS)
- Meniere’s Disease
- Vestibular Neuritis
- Vestibular Concussion
Dizziness, Balance, and Falls Risk: When it comes to treating dizzy patients, not all cases are the same. Dizziness is not the same for everyone and different types of dizziness will lead to different treatments, but your physical therapist has to know the difference and has to know how to tease your dizziness apart.
- 5 Types of Dizziness (Motion Sickness, Lightheadedness, Disequilibrium, Behavioral Dizziness, Vertigo)
- Falls Risk Due to Age
- Falls Risk Due to Disability
- Falls Risk Due to Injury
Neurologic Impairment: A variety of neurologic impairments can lead to challenges of the musculoskeletal system, but they may also have other underlying deficits of the vestibular, visual, or somatosensory systems.
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Acoustic Neuroma
We also work with athletes who just want a competitive advantage in their balance on the court or field.
How Do I Know if Balance Rehabilitation Physical Therapy is Right for Me?
If you are having difficulty with movement, then Physical Therapy can probably help. When it comes to Balance Rehabilitation Physical Therapy specifically, here is our 12 Question Screener:
Yes or No I have fallen in the last year. (2 points)
Yes or No I use or have been advised to use a cane or walker to get around safely. (2 points)
Yes or No I sometimes feel unsteady or lose my balance while walking. (1 point)
Yes or No I sometimes steady myself by holding onto furniture or walls. (1 point)
Yes or No I worry about falling. (1 point)
Yes or No I need to push myself up from out of a chair with my hands. (1 point)
Yes or No I sometimes have trouble stepping up onto a curb. (1 point)
Yes or No I frequently have to rush to the toilet. (1 point)
Yes or No I have lost some feeling in one or both of my feet. (1 point)
Yes or No The medication I take sometimes makes me feel light-headed or sleepy. (1 point)
Yes or No I take medicine to help me sleep or improve my mood. (1 point)
Yes or No I often feel sad or depressed. (1 point)
For each yes, give yourself the points associated with the question.
If you are “At Risk” for falls or higher, you need to talk with someone about establishing a plan of care for falls prevention. In that case, Balance Rehabilitation Physical Therapy may be exactly what you need to regain strength, confidence, and your independence.
Questions? Unsure if vestibular rehabilitation or balance rehabilitation physical therapy is right for you? Want to know more about how we can help? You can schedule a Free consultation with a Physical Therapist from FYZICAL Therapy & Balance Centers of Oklahoma City? Contact us now!