Gait dysfunctions are changes in your normal walking pattern, often related to a disease or abnormalities in different areas of the body. Most changes in an individuals gait pattern are related to an underlying medical conditions. Gait dysfunctions can be related to disorders involving the inner ear; nervous system disorders such as Parkinson's disease; muscle diseases such as muscular dystrophy; and musculoskeletal abnormalities such as fractures, weakness, range of motion limits in lower quarter joints. In many cases, treatment of the underlying medical condition will help normalize the gait pattern. Gait dysfunctions are among the most common causes of falls in older adults, accounting for approximately 17% of falls. Physical therapists are experts at identifying the root causes of gait dysfunctions and designing treatments plans. While other health care professionals are educated in the screening for potential conditions related to the gait abnormality, a physical therapist is the expert in diagnosing the actual type of gait dysfunction. Your physical therapist will ask you questions, such as:
Your physical therapist will also conduct certain tests to learn more about your condition. Your assessment may include:
Your therapist will work with you to understand your goals and develop a treatment plan to achieve those goals through physical therapy. Our treatments have an individualized, patient-centered focused. All treatments are one-on-one so you can expect to receive optimal care during each treatment session.