Studies have indicated that at least 10 weeks of imbalance intervention can decrease fall risk for several months afterwards. Continuing with physical therapy (PT) for 10 weeks is not always possible so continuing with appropriate exercise after discharging from PT is imperative. Your therapist can provide with exercises to perform in that are effective,
Charlotte Morris experienced a fall while on vacation in Florida shortly after Christmas 2019. She hit her head in the fall, causing a concussion and diminished balance which of course put her at an even higher fall risk. The increased dizziness has created a real fear of falling again therefore, she needed a walker to feel safe when walking.
At some point in our lives many of us will experience some decrease in our ability to maintain balance. Some causes of balance deficits can be, injury or surgery on a lower extremity, trauma to the brain such as a fall, car accident or stroke, general weakness from illness or aging and vestibular (inner ear) causes.