Balance & Gait Dysfunction

Gait dysfunctions are changes in your normal walking pattern, often related to a disease or abnormality in different areas of the body.

Frequently Asked Questions

Losing your balance or stumbling could be a result of abnormalities in the inner ear making it difficult to walk in the dark, turn your head while moving, or maintain equilibrium in busy environments.  Generalized weakness, nerve damage, or impaired vision can also lead to imbalance, especially when walking on uneven terrain, climbing stairs or ladders, or bending over to pick up an object from the floor.

It’s a good idea to include balance training along with physical activity and strength training in your regular activity. Nearly any activity that keeps you on your feet and moving, such as walking, can help you maintain good balance

Yes, impaired balance could be a result of a more serious diagnosis that would warrant further medical evaluation or treatment from a physician.  Such diagnoses may include an inner ear infection, MS, stroke, or a central nervous system lesion or tumor.  Physical therapists are trained on how to recognize symptoms or red flags that could indicate conditions like these and referral to a doctor.

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