Physical therapy for difficulty with gait in Summit, Arizona

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Meet with the best difficulty with gait physical therapists in Summit, Arizona

Summit, Arizona, 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 Summit, Arizona

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?

Across the Summit area, our therapists are at your service for in-home physical therapy sessions. In every neighborhood we operate in, we strive to deliver physical therapy at your doorstep, ensuring the utmost convenience for your PT experience.

Is physical therapy covered by insurance?

Luna collaborates with many insurance plans, making the benefits verification process a breeze. When you select Luna, your co-pay will consistently match the exact amount specified in your insurance plan for visiting a PT clinic. We accept all major insurances and Medicare.

Is there a waiting list for new patients?

It's a resounding “no”! Our goal is to make it incredibly easy for patients to initiate their physical therapy journey. At Luna, new patients are always welcomed, and for most, their first at-home physical therapy appointment can be scheduled within a mere 48 hours of signing up. Our therapists maintain flexible schedules, available from 6:30 am to 8:30 pm, seven days a week. 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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