Gait rehab involves retraining the patient to improve their ability to walk as close to normal again. This may involve:
- Endurance exercise
- Balance exercises
- Visual/video training with feedback
- Verbal cues to improve walking patterns
- Training on different surfaces (grass, stairs, pavement, uneven surfaces)
There are a number of patients that can benefit from gait training including:
- Post-surgical hip, knee, ankle, foot patients
- Post-fracture patients
- Post-surgical spine patients
- Patients with injuries to joints
- Patients with spinal cord injuries
- Neurologically involved patients
- Patients at risk for falls
- Stroke patients
- Numerous others
There are more than a dozen causes of dizziness and many reasons why you might have difficulty with your balance. Treatment of balance & dizziness disorders can be very complex. Nevertheless, we have helped numerous people cope with or recover from conditions that cause balance disorders.
The first thing your doctor will do if you have a balance problem is determine if another health condition or a medication is to blame. If so, your doctor will treat the condition, suggest a different medication, or in many cases, refer you to one of our balance disorder experts here at ERW Physical Therapy.
Education is Therapy
The most important part of treating a balance disorder is understanding your diagnosis, the cause of the problem, and how to manage it. That's why we place great emphasis on patient education and coordination of care with your referring physician.
We Can Help You Cope With Your Condition
The physical therapists at ERW Physical Therapy can also help increase your strength and coordination to help lower your risk of falling and getting hurt during daily activities, such as when you walk up or down stairs, use the bathroom, or exercise.
In each case, we will conduct a personalized evaluation of your condition and then we will develop an individualized treatment plan.