Physical therapy for difficulty with gait in Duke Forest, North Carolina

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Meet with the best difficulty with gait physical therapists in Duke Forest, North Carolina

Duke Forest, North Carolina, Luna employs physical therapists that specialize in treating patients with gait difficulties, regardless of the underlying cause. Our PTs can help patients who are struggling with their gait return to the activities they love, safely and comfortably.

The best part? With Luna, patients can receive physical therapy for gait difficulties right in the comfort of their own homes. Our physical therapists come to you — it’s physical therapy, delivered.

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What is difficulty with gait?

The term “gait” refers to a person’s walking pattern. When patients have difficulty with gait, they may walk slowly and stiffly, make irregular movements when walking, shuffle their feet, or take small, jerky steps. There are five categories of abnormal gait: spastic, scissors, steppage, waddling, and propulsive.

Spastic gait can make a person appear stiff and drag his or her feet while walking. With scissors gait, the patient’s legs hit each other when walking. Steppage gait causes the patient’s toes to point towards the ground and scrape the floor with each step, while patients with waddling gait move side to side and swing the body forward instead of walking straight ahead. Finally, patients with propulsive gait walk with the head and neck pushed forward.

Difficulty with gait can occur as a symptom of a number of underlying conditions, or due to an injury. Arthritis, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, stroke, vision problems, an infection in the leg, or in the inner ear can all cause abnormal gait.

Source: MedicalNewsToday

The symptoms of gait abnormalities

Patients who have difficulty with gait or balance often experience unsteadiness and abnormal walking pattern or pace. In addition, they may experience vertigo, motion sickness, double vision, dizziness, or lightheadedness.

Most patients with an abnormal gait also suffer from an underlying condition. Over time, difficulty with gait can cause its own secondary symptoms, such as joint pain.

The most common symptoms of gait difficulty include:

  • Difficulty balancing
  • Dizziness
  • Unsteadiness
  • Motion sickness
  • Vertigo

Source: HealthLine

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What causes difficulty with gait?

Temporary gait and balance problems are often caused by injury to the legs or feet, inflammation, or non-chronic pain. However, many patients experience longer-term difficulties with gait, which are often the result of specific underlying conditions such as arthritis, multiple sclerosis, a brain tumor, or other muscular or neurological issues.

The most common causes of difficulty with gait include:

  • Injury
  • Inflammation
  • Arthritis
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Brain tumor
Source: Healthline

Physical therapy for difficulty with gait in Duke Forest, North Carolina

Because gait difficulties are caused by a number of underlying conditions, physical therapy for gait is highly personalized. With personalized exercise routines, a physical therapist can help patients address both the underlying cause of their gait abnormality as well as the abnormality itself.

Generally, these training plans will begin with pre-gait training, in which your physical therapist will have you perform small exercises such as taking individual steps or lifting your leg. Then, your therapist will likely begin with gait training, which will help you walk more smoothly and effectively.

Source: Move Forward PT
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Frequently asked questions

Where are Luna therapists seeing patients?

For physical therapy sessions in the Duke Forest area, our therapists are available to come to your home. We extend our services to all neighborhoods, making it a priority to bring physical therapy to you and enhance the overall convenience of your PT journey.

Is physical therapy covered by insurance?

With Luna, you have access to a wide array of insurance plans, and we handle the benefits verification on your behalf. Your co-pay at Luna will always match the exact co-pay outlined in your insurance plan for a PT clinic visit. We welcome all major insurances and Medicare.

Is there a waiting list for new patients?

Not at all—we want to ensure that patients can easily kickstart their physical therapy with us! New patients are always welcome, and for most, their initial at-home physical therapy session can be scheduled within 48 hours of signing up. Our therapists are available from 6:30 am to 8:30 pm, seven days a week, ensuring flexibility for all our patients. Check Availability.

Who are Luna’s physical therapists?

Within Luna, our therapists are highly experienced professionals, with a minimum of 3 years of practice, often with many additional years of experience. Each therapist undergoes a rigorous interview and comprehensive background check. We engage exclusively with therapists who are devoted to providing superior care to their patients.

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