Results Physical Therapy
Physical Therapists located in Gainesville & Fairfax, VA
Difficulty walking can lead to falls, injuries, and even depression. At Results Physical Therapy in Gainesville and Fairfax, Virginia, qualified physical therapists are ready to help you regain your independence. The practice provides comprehensive services, including massage therapy, and a maintenance program to keep you in shape. Physical therapists at Results Physical Therapy hold clinical doctoral degrees and can offer specialized care to patients with complex medical needs. If you need help improving your mobility, call or book an appointment online today.
Difficulty Walking Q & A
What are Some Symptoms of Walking Difficulties?
As you age, you may find it harder to stand for long periods of time. You may feel unsteady on your feet, or you may worry about falling. And people of any age may have trouble walking after a serious illness or injury.
Depending on your medical history, you may experience some of the following symptoms:
- Pain in the legs/joints
- Numbness in the feet
- Difficulty moving hips/knees
- Uneven gait or limping
- Swollen feet, knees, or legs
- Fear of falling
If you haven’t experienced a recent medical problem that explains your symptoms, it’s best to see your doctor for further tests.
What Causes a Person to Have Difficulty Walking?
Difficulty walking can occur because of a medical condition or natural aging. If your symptoms are new or unexpected, your doctor may perform several tests to determine the cause. Some medical conditions that can cause trouble walking include:
- Injuries to legs/feet
- Inner ear infections
- Low blood pressure
- Poor blood circulation
- Congenital disabilities
- Neurological disorders
In some cases, difficulty walking may only be temporary. If you suffered a recent illness or injury, your difficulty walking might disappear as you recover. But sometimes you might continue to have trouble walking for several months or years.
How are Walking Difficulties Treated?
If you're having trouble walking because of a medical condition, you may recover with medical treatment. But if you're still struggling, your doctor may recommend physical therapy.
At Results Physical Therapy, a qualified physical therapist performs tests to check your balance and gain. Your physical therapist asks about your medical history and discusses your treatment goals. Finally, your physical therapist helps you develop a personalized treatment plan.
Physical therapy often involves a combination of exercises and other therapeutic techniques. These techniques increase your strength and flexibility. Over time, your physical therapist helps you improve your mobility and balance, so you feel steadier on your feet.
If you’re having trouble walking, you may feel frightened or discouraged. But physical therapy can help you regain your confidence and improve your strength. To learn more, call Results Physical Therapy today, or book an appointment online.
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