Balance and Dizziness Programs

Balance and walking problems can result from orthopedic conditions, vestibular, or neurological disorders. No matter the reason, the physical therapists at Pinnacle Therapy are here to help. Our therapists are trained to take a whole-body approach to consider whether issues with posture, muscle imbalances, decreased sensation or inner ear problems contribute to your impairment. After this evaluation, we then provide intensive one-on-one care to help you reach your goals of regaining your balance and functionality.

 

Facts About Balance

If you suffer from a loss of balance, don’t worry, you aren’t alone. There are millions of Americans who suffer from many of the same problems as you. Here are some quick facts about this common issue:

  • Each year, 1/3 of the population over 65 fall due to imbalance issues
  • Each year, 1/2 of the population over 80 fall due to imbalance issues
  • In clients over 75, imbalance is the #1 reason for a doctor visit
  • 1 out of 5 hip fracture clients die within one year of the injury
  • Falls account for 25% of all hospital admissions
  • Falls are the #1 cause of fractures
  • Falls account for 40% of all nursing home admissions
  • Falls are the leading cause of death due to injury among elderly

 

Facts About Vestibular Disorders

Vestibular conditions are typically related to inner ear problems. Here are some facts about issues relating to vestibular problems:

  • At least half of the overall US population is affected by a balance or vestibular disorder sometime during their lives.
  • Approximately 15 out of every 1000 individuals consult their family physician each year with complaints of vertigo, dizziness, or imbalance; half the individuals over the age of 65 will develop positional vertigo.
  • Of all falls suffered by the elderly, 50% are reported to be the result of vestibular problems.
  • In approximately 15% of vestibular clients, the cause cannot be recognized.
  • Traditional vestibular function tests fail to establish a localizing diagnosis that can account for a client's symptoms in a reported 30% to 50% of cases.
  • Inner ear problems may not be amenable to surgical treatment, and pharmacological treatment of these conditions with vestibular suppressants often retards the recovery process.
  • Vestibular dysfunction is a prominent part of balance disorders, particularly in the elderly, and is a significant source of morbidity.

 

Facts About Dizziness Disorders

  • Dizziness is prevalent with estimates ranging from 1.8% in young adults to more than 30% in the elderly, and causing considerable morbidity and utilization of health services.
  • It has been estimated that 65% of individuals older than 60 years of age experience dizziness or loss of balance, often on a daily basis.
  • Dizziness is a common symptom affecting about 30% of people over the age of 65.
  • Approximately 30% of adults have experienced at least one episode of dizziness and 3.5% of adults experience a chronic recurrent episode greater than a one-year duration by age 65.
  • Approximately 12.5 million Americans over the age of 65 have a dizziness or balance problem that significantly interferes with their lives.
  • There are an estimated 5 to 8 million physician visits for dizziness in the US each year; dizziness is a primary reason for an office visit for clients over 75.
  • One in three people will experience dizziness or imbalance during their lifetime.
  • In the US, the estimated cost of medical care for clients with balance disorders exceeds $1 billion annually.
  • Dizziness can be difficult to diagnose, particularly in elderly persons, as it may be due to more than one dysfunction in more than one body system.
  • Many cases of dizziness are actually neurological.
  • In a study involving 96 asymptomatic controls and 149 dizzy subjects, ENG failed to discriminate dizzy subjects from controls and failed to differentiate various dizziness syndromes.

Our balance programs focus on strength, endurance, motion, gait training and coordination for safe walking and preventing falls. If you need the assistance of a cane or walker, Pinnacle Therapy therapists will match you with the appropriate device and provide training for safety. At Pinnacle Therapy, our therapists realize how important balance and walking is for independent living, which is why we provide the following range of programs and therapies to evaluate and treat balance disorders:

  • Assessment and Evaluation Programs
  • Difficulty Walking
  • Gait Training and Balance Programs
  • Fall Prevention and Balance Retraining
  • LSVT BIG for Parkinson’s Disease
  • Manual and Massage Therapy
  • Fitness and Wellness Programs
  • Vestibular Rehab
  • Functional Training

If you or a family member suffer from imbalance or dizziness, contact Pinnacle Therapy today.

USING THE SOLO-STEP

We always look out for our clients’ safety. At Pinnacle Therapy, we use the groundbreaking Solo-Step, which ensures no client ever falls during their therapy session. This device gives clients and therapists alike the security and comfort of knowing that falls will not happen. Watch our video on how the Solo-Step works:

PINNACLE THERAPY FOR ORTHOPEDIC INJURIES

If you or a family member has orthopedic pain or injury, then contact Pinnacle Therapy in the Galleria area. Our physical therapists are here to provide you with the very best in physical therapy treatment. Contact us today at 713-622-2929. It's time to reach your pinnacle.

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Choose Pinnacle Therapy

If you or a loved one is in need of physical therapy, then contact us today or refer them to us. We will diligently work together with them so they can achieve their functionality and mobility again and return to living a healthy and independent life.

Choose Pinnacle Therapy

If you or a loved one is in need of physical therapy, then contact us today or refer them to us. We will diligently work together with them so they can achieve their functionality and mobility again and return to living a healthy and independent life.