When you think of physical therapy, you often think of someone recovering from a hip surgery or a back injury. You don't usually think of balance issues. However, the Daily Journal reminds us that focusing on the patient's balance may be rare among physical therapists, but there is a need for it, as one PT office in Tupelo, Mississippi found out.
The Fyzical Therapy & Balance Center specializes in patients who have dizziness, vertigo and balance issues. The center uses an overhead track and harness system to support patients and keep them from falling as they undergo therapy. Their balance programs focus on building up the patient's strength, endurance and coordination so they can walk safely. They also do gait training. They want their patients to be able to prevent falls so they have less fear of falling and can go out into social situations. Some cases of dizziness are neurological, and the professional therapists at Fyzical understand the difference between the different things that cause dizziness and falls.
Why is balance such an important aspect of life?
This may seem like an obvious question. However, if you don't have problems balancing, then you are probably taking a lot for granted. Balance problems form a vicious cycle. Something in the eyes, inner ear and sensory systems goes awry, causing balance issues. People who fall eventually fear falling, so they walk less. This causes their muscles to weaken. Weak muscles further complicate the balance issues, and the problems spiral downward.
How often do balance patients need physical therapy?
On average, patients come to therapy twice a week for a period of 6-8 weeks. The goal is to get back on their feet, improve safe movement, and return to normal activities.
If you are a physical therapist looking for a position, or you are looking to hire a physical therapist, please contact us. We have an extensive staffing network and are ready to help you meet your needs.
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