Exercises to Improve Balance

What causes balance problems?

Disorders of the inner ear, nerve damage, muscle weakness and joint instability are some of the many conditions that can cause problems with your balance. Losing your balance and falling can lead to further injury.

Can physical therapy improve my balance?

Physical therapists can help identify the cause of your balance issues. Balance problems arising from muscle weakness, joint instability and nerve damage can be treated with exercise.

Muscle weakness can arise from fractures or ligamentous injuries of the hip, knee, foot or ankle, including meniscal tears, ACL reconstructions, and patellar subluxations. Joint instability results from ligament laxity (loose ligaments), joint injuries, and fractures. Nerve damage can result from crush injuries to the lower extremities and spinal disc injuries.

Video: A physical therapist can teach you exercises to improve your balance.