Balance & Vestibular Clinic
Finger Lakes Health physical therapists trained in Vestibular/Balance disorders may be able to help you regain your equilibrium. We offer a comprehensive balance assessment with state-of-the-art technology, individualized exercise programs and treatment, and a dynamic team-oriented approach.
Physical Risk Factors:
• Age greater than 60
• Cognitive impairments
• Visual Impairments
• Muscle weakness
• Gait and balance disturbances
• Fall history
Medical Risk Factors
• Multiple medications
• Orthostatic Hypotension
• Myocardial Infarction (Heart Attack)
• Parkinson's Disease
Things to look for:
• Dizziness at the hair-dresser or dentist
• The need to hold onto furniture or walls
• Consistently stumbling or loss of balance
• Rolling over in bed or doing housework produces "dizziness"
• Avoiding certain positions
• Difficulty walking on gravel or grass
• Sensation of dizziness or vertigo
• Falling or feeling of falling
• Lightheadedness or feeling woozy
• Problems reading or difficulty seeing
Tips to lower your risk of falling:
• Eliminate clutter. Remove throw rugs and runners from walkways.
• Use assistive and adaptive devices, such as railings, grab bars, a walker or a cane.
• Make sure all areas have adequate lighting during the day and at night.
• Control pets (large or small), as they are easy to trip over.
• Increase your physical conditioning.
• Seek professional help with concerns, and don't wait until you injure yourself.
A physician's referral is required for this service. Contact Geneva General Hospital's Garnsey Rehabilitation Center for an appointment or for more information at (315) 787-4570.