If you’ve ever experienced the sensation of dizziness or loss of balance you know it can be a dangerous disruption to your quality of life. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, more than four out of 10 Americans will experience an episode of dizziness significant enough to send them to a doctor at some point in their lives.
Therapists at The McGuire Rehabilitation Centers are trained to treat balance disorders including dizziness, vertigo, injuries from falls and other conditions through targeted outpatient therapy regimens.
As we age, we often experience a decline in vision or hearing. At the same time, the vestibular system found in the inner ear can also begin to function poorly resulting in falls or injuries. If you’re experiencing dizziness or loss of balance, your physician will most likely look for changes in your health or medication and examine your inner ear for infection or injury. Confusion, lightheadedness and blurred vision are also potential symptoms of a balance disorder.
Although balance issues can be complex, there are a number of precautions and therapeutic exercises that you can participate in to reduce the likelihood of injury. The McGuire Rehabilitation Centers offer outpatient therapy to help you remain physically strong and learn proper techniques for avoiding issues cased by dizziness and imbalance. Therapists work with you to treat your specific diagnosis and the day-to-day activities that it affects. This can include transcending stairs, rolling over, getting in and out of bed and showering safely. Throughout your treatment, McGuire therapists will have you complete various exercises and work to decrease your dizziness through functional tasks. The exercises may involve strengthening as well as visual and sensory components to allow you to develop compensatory strategies to maintain your balance when faced with challenges in the environment.
If you experience dizziness or lack of balance, talk to your doctor about whether it’s safe to drive and take precautions in your daily activities to reduce your risk of falling. This can include easy modifications such as turning on night lights, wearing low-heeled shoes, adding handrails in your home and using a cane. The McGuire Rehabilitation Centers offer outpatient rehabilitation programs at Autumn View in Hamburg, Garden Gate in Cheektowaga, Harris Hill in Williamsville and Northgate in North Tonawanda. For more information, call 826-2010 or visit www.mcguiregroup.com.Read More