November 19, 2019
you experiencing difficulty with your balance? Do you feel you have weakness in
your legs? Imagine Physical Therapy can help! Balance is clinically defined as
the ability to maintain the center of mass over the base of support. When we
are standing or sitting still, our balance is easy to control because your
center of mass is directly over your base of support.1 When you have
a larger base of support (ie both legs on the ground) you are more stable. When
you move, you challenge your balance because your center of mass is no longer
directly over your base of support. To ensure that balance deficits are not
present, you must be able to control your center of mass during movements.
At Imagine PT, we will first perform an initial evaluation to determine what factors might be affecting your balance. Balance issues may be associated with factors such as knee or hip pain, decreased muscle strength, decreased flexibility/joint range of motion, decreased physiological proprioception, and co-morbidities. Research has shown that when we are in pain our muscles may be inhibited, therefore making it harder to maintain postural control.2 Research has also shown that poor balance can indicate knee OA/degeneration, knee valgus/varus, meniscal tear, poor muscular strength and joint ROM, and lack of proprioceptive sensation.2
Examining each of these factors and how they may related to the difficulties you are having will allow our therapists to create an individualized treatment plan that will get you back to your normal life! Call Imagine PT today!
1. Brotzman, S. Brent. “Functional Performance Measures and Sports-Specific Rehabilitation for Lower Extremity Injuries: A Guide for Safe Return to Sport .” Clinical Orthopedic Rehabilitation: An Evidence Based Approach, edited by Robert C. Manske, Third ed., Elsevier Mosby , 2011, pp. 233–235.
2. Liu, et al. Factors associated with balance function in patients with knee osteoarthritis: An integrative review. International Journal of Nursing Sciences. 2017;4:402-409.