How Rehabilitation Improves Your Balance and Mobility

Any disruption to your musculoskeletal structure, whether it’s a joint replacement surgery or a spinal injury, can have a significant effect on your ability to make your way through the world — everything from the simple act of walking to bringing a fork to your mouth. This is why turning to rehabilitation as soon as possible is the best way to restore some normalcy to your life.

At Northview Medical, our team of experienced rehabilitation and physical therapy experts understands the widespread impact a physical impairment can have. Through customized rehabilitation, we help our clients in Cheyenne, Wyoming, get back to their active lives on the heels of an injury, surgery, or medical condition.

Here’s a look at how rehabilitation can improve your balance and mobility, paving the way for a stronger recovery.

No. 1 Goal: Mobility

When you suffer from a musculoskeletal problem, especially one that limits your mobility, our first goal is to help you regain your ability to get around independently. Being laid up by an injury or surgery often means you have to rely on assistive devices or family and friends for all of your basic needs, from using the bathroom to cooking a meal. Even getting yourself a glass of water presents enormous hurdles when you can’t make your way to the sink unassisted.

Through our expert rehabilitative and physical therapy services, we help restore your mobility, step by step. And mobility is about much more than simply putting one foot in front of the other. For example, patients who’ve had hip replacement surgery need to spend a little extra time negotiating stairs.

Our rehabilitation concentrates on functional problems like these, and we work with you to design a program that gradually increases your mobility through strengthening and range-of-motion exercises, as well as exercises that mimic the real thing, such as steps.

Mobility requires balance

While mobility is our main goal, we’re careful about getting you back up and moving on your feet if your balance is off. In order to prevent injuring yourself during your recovery, we spend a fair amount of time concentrating on balance exercises that give you more confidence in your mobility.

All too often, an injury or surgical correction on one side of your body — your knee for example — can throw your body out of balance. You may favor the damaged knee, building more muscle in your other knee. This can throw your soft tissue out of alignment, which can make you more prone to falling or tripping. That’s the last thing you want when you’re rehabbing.

To restore balance, our rehabilitation specialists use targeted exercises and strengthening programs to ensure that you’re steady on your feet. By first re-establishing your mobility and balance through rehab, this sets you on an optimal path for healing.

If you’re ready to begin your rehabilitation with the compassionate team at Northview Medical, please give us a call at 307-215-1060.

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