How a Physiotherapist Assesses Balance Problems

Being unsteady on your feet or falling is a common problem as you get older. Research tells us that a third of over 65 year olds fall once a year, increasing to 50% of people aged over 80. Fortunately Physiotherapy can help! 

A specialist Physiotherapist can take a detailed history from you and do a thorough examination to work out what is causing you to fall. We know that usually there are a range of factors that increase your risk of falls. Have a look at our previous blog posts on some of the causes of falls. 

A Physiotherapist will talk to you about:

  • What’s important to you and your concerns
  • The details of what happened when you fell or lost your balance
  • Your medical history and medication
  • Your home set up and how you manage different tasks
  • Your current diet and exercise habits

A Physiotherapist will also assess you physically, looking at:

  • Your heart rate and rhythm
  • Your blood pressure
  • Your strength
  • How you manage different balance tasks, including turning, closing your eyes and doing two things at one
  • Your walking pattern

By reviewing these factors (and many others!) a Physiotherapist can work out what is causing your falls to make sure you have the right treatment for you.

Severn Physiotherapy offer home visits in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset. If you think we can help, take a look at our website or get in touch for a no-obligation chat.


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