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Age-related dizziness and balance problems

Many older adults experience problems with balance and dizziness. People are more likely to have problems with balance as they grow older. In some cases, you can help reduce your risk for certain balance problems, but problems often can start suddenly and without obvious cause.

Problems can be caused by certain medications, balance disorders, or other medical conditions. Balance problems are one reason older people fall. Maintaining good balance as you age and learning about fall prevention can help you get around, stay independent, and carry out daily activities.

We are living in an increasingly ageing population. Not only do people need to stay fit to cope with the changes to the body brought on by the ageing process, but also to ensure they are strong enough to recover from illness or injury. Physiotherapy is fundamental in promoting recovery and the ability to move.

If you have a balance disorder, you might experience symptoms such as:

  • Dizziness or vertigo (a spinning sensation)
  • Falling or feeling as if you are going to fall
  • Staggering when you try to walk
  • Lightheadedness, faintness, or a floating sensation
  • Blurred vision
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Reduced confidence to leave the house.

If this is the case, then it is important that you get checked out and look to start rehabilitation early before it leads to further problems such as falling. Falls can have very serious consequences as we age.  See our page on Falls for more information.

Here at Hallamshire Physiotherapy, our experienced and knowledgeable physiotherapists will make a full assessment of the person’s ability and they will identify the key factors causing problems for that individual. Physiotherapy will be aimed at improving strength, balance, coordination, flexibility and fitness. They will also assess mobility both in terms of walking, ease of getting onto and off the bed, chair and floor, as well as specific aspects of functional ability a person identifies.

Physiotherapists will also provide advice and education on the benefits of exercise and help to devise individual programmes. All treatment is patient centred with a strong emphasis on problem solving with realistic, achievable solutions.

Our partners Community Wellness Services offer strength and balance classes at our site at 863 Ecclesall Road.

We also offer online exercise classes for patients who would prefer to work out from the comfort of their own home.




Home visits are also available by request.

Call us on 0114 267 1223 to see how we can help.

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