Loss of Balance and Falls

loss of balance and falls

Balance problems are conditions that make you feel unsteady or dizzy. If you are standing, sitting or lying down, you might feel as if you are moving, spinning or floating. If you are walking, you might suddenly feel as if you are tipping over or generally unsteady.

Loss Of Balance And Falls: Fall Due to Dizziness, Weakness, or Loss of Balance

The symptoms that led to your fall have been evaluated. Your doctor feels it is safe for you to return home.

Many things can cause you to become dizzy. Everyone means a little something different by the word dizzy. People may describe their symptoms using these words:

  • It doesn’t feel right in my head
  • It feels like spinning in my head
  • It seems like the room is spinning
  • My balance feels off
  • I feel lightheaded like I am going to pass out

All these descriptions can have real causes.

Simple Ways to Regain Your Balance and Prevent Falls

  • One-leg stands. Stand straight. Raise one leg, bending your knee to 45 degrees. Hold for 5 to 10 seconds. Repeat 10 times and then switch legs. Try one-leg stands while waiting in lines, washing dishes or watching TV.
  • Heel-to-toe walking. Walk with the heel of the front foot touching the toe of the back foot as you take 10 steps forward.
  • Side-stepping. Step to the right, then bring your left foot to meet your right foot. Advance to cross-stepping, where you side-step to the right and cross your left leg behind, then side-step to the right again and cross your left leg in front. Continue this pattern as you walk sideways across a room.
  • Unassisted standing from a chair. Sit in a firm chair and stand without using your arms for balance.
  • Ankle pumping when you get out of bed. If you are prone to dizziness when rising from your bed, sit on the edge of the bed for a few seconds and pump your ankles before you stand up. Before you move, take a deep breath, get your bearings (as my grandmother would say), and then step forward.

 

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