Difficulty Walking

Difficulty walking

It takes us 12 to 18 months as a baby to learn the fundamentals of walking. It takes even longer to learn how to walk efficiently and eventually run. Walking is very complex and requires good balance, the ability to know where your joints are in space (proprioception), the ability to know how your joints are moving (kinesthesia), sufficient range of motion, and adequate strength.

As we age, with declining activity or after an injury, walking can become difficult. With previous injuries or pain in the knee or hip, our walking pattern can change leaving us with a limp or pain in our joints.

When our walking patterns change, abnormal stresses can be transmitted to our joints and soft tissues. For example, if you have knee pain and you begin to limp, the opposite hip and your spine bear increased pressure. This can lead to pain and injury to those areas. The good news is that if you have difficulty walking, there is help!

How physical therapy helps:

Physical therapists are experts in helping people to walk normally. A thorough evaluation of your range of motion, strength, walking patterns, balance, and coordination will be performed. Your physical therapist will then be able to explain why you are experiencing difficulties and how physical therapy can help. They will then create an individualized treatment plan that will address the factors impacting your ability to walk. Our goal is to maximize your safety and independence when walking. Call Bay State Physical Therapy today to discover how we can help you walk better!