Balance problems make it difficult for people to maintain stable and upright positions when standing, walking, and even sitting. Older people are at a higher risk of having balance problems; 75% of Americans older than 70 years are diagnosed as having “abnormal” balance. Older women are more likely than older men to develop balance problems, although the difference between the genders is small.
Feeling dizzy? Try physical therapy. Dizziness can be caused by a variety of things, including migraines, concussions, blood pressure shifts, and even ear infections. The most common cause of dizziness if an inner ear problem known as Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), often just called vertigo. It is causes by small crystals of calcium carbonate that collect in the inner ear. It can cause people to become off-balance, and have trouble walking or feel dizzy when shifting positions.
Physical Therapists are trained to relieve dizziness
Physical therapists are trained to do specific head movements that can alleviate dizziness and other balance issues. We will start by first evaluating you to find out which ear is being affected and into which canal the crystals have been displaced. We will be able to help get the crystals of calcium carbonate back into the correct place by moving the head through a series of special positions. According to the American Physical Therapy Association, research shows that the repositioning maneuver works on the first effort 80-90% of the time.