Mobile Rehab provides in-home, outpatient Physical Therapy for seniors.
Covered by insurance
Locally owned and operated in North Carolina since 2004
What is difficulty with walking?
Difficulty with walking can be referred to using a variety of terms depending on the specific symptoms and underlying condition. Some other terms that may be used to describe difficulty with walking include:
Gait disturbance: This term is often used to describe abnormal walking patterns, such as limping or shuffling.
Ataxia: This term refers to difficulty with coordination and balance, which can cause problems with walking.
Mobility impairment: This term is used to describe any condition that makes it difficult to move around, including difficulty with walking.
Locomotor disability: This term refers to any condition that affects the ability to move or walk.
Walking difficulty: This is a general term that can encompass a range of issues related to walking, including pain, weakness, and balance problems.
What are the symptoms of difficulty with walking
Symptoms of difficulty with walking can vary depending on the underlying cause. However, some common symptoms may include:
- Pain or discomfort while walking
- Stiffness in the joints or muscles
- Difficulty balancing or maintaining stability
- Numbness or tingling in the legs or feet
- Weakness in the legs or feet
- Changes in gait, such as limping or shuffling
- Difficulty starting or stopping walking
- Reduced range of motion in the legs or feet
- Fatigue or exhaustion during or after walking
- Falling or feeling unsteady while walking.
What causes difficulty with walking?
Difficulty with walking can be caused by a variety of factors, including:
Neurological conditions: Conditions like stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, and peripheral neuropathy can all cause difficulties with walking.
Musculoskeletal problems: Issues with muscles, bones, or joints can cause difficulty walking. Examples include arthritis, fractures, and muscle strains or sprains.
Cardiovascular conditions: Heart and circulatory problems, such as heart failure or peripheral artery disease, can cause difficulty walking.
Balance and coordination issues: Problems with balance and coordination can make walking difficult. This can be due to issues with the inner ear, vision, or certain medications.
Aging: As we age, it's common to experience changes in gait and walking ability due to declines in strength, balance, and mobility.
Obesity: Being overweight or obese can put extra stress on the joints, making it more difficult to walk comfortably.
Other health conditions: Various health conditions, such as diabetes, kidney disease, and lung disease, can affect walking ability by causing fatigue or shortness of breath.
It's important to consult with a healthcare professional if you are experiencing difficulty with walking to determine the underlying cause and receive appropriate treatment.
How can physical therapy help with difficulty with walking?
Physical therapy can be a beneficial treatment option for individuals experiencing difficulty with walking. A physical therapist can work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan to improve mobility, balance, and strength, and reduce pain and discomfort.
Here are some ways physical therapy can help with difficulty walking:
Gait training: Physical therapists can analyze your walking pattern and identify any abnormalities or issues. They can then develop exercises and techniques to help improve your gait and reduce any pain or discomfort while walking.
Strengthening exercises: Physical therapy can include exercises to improve the strength and function of the muscles used for walking, such as the legs, hips, and core muscles.
Balance training: Difficulty with walking can often be caused by balance issues. Physical therapists can work with you to improve your balance through specific exercises and techniques.
Stretching and flexibility exercises: Tight muscles or limited range of motion can also contribute to difficulty with walking. Physical therapy can include stretching and flexibility exercises to improve mobility and reduce pain and discomfort.
Assistive devices: If needed, physical therapists can recommend and fit you with assistive devices, such as canes or walkers, to improve your mobility and safety while walking.
Overall, physical therapy can help improve walking ability and quality of life for individuals experiencing difficulty with walking.
Frequently asked questions
Patients trust Mobile Rehab
The physical therapist came to our house and carefully reviewed our case. He designed therapies and strategies that have worked well for us. For example, my husband could not get off the floor by himself and I could not lift him when he fell. Together we learned techniques to cope with this situation in our home. Joshua designed fun and effective exercises to improve strength and flexibility. My husband can now get in and out of chairs and cars without help and walks more easily. Since we used equipment in and around the home, my husband can remember and apply what he has learned. Mobile Rehab accepted our insurance and worked out approval to provide services. We did not need a referral from our doctor. My husband and I highly recommend Mobile Rehab if you or a loved one needs physical therapy.Jerry from Pittsboro
I wanted to tell you how much better I think Mom is since starting your PT. She has been less off balance, quicker to equilibrate to standing, and has had more stamina. I also think she is less depressed and feels more accomplished. Josh has been prompt and polite, as well as engaging in conversation to make Mom feel at ease. Thank you!Karen Pool - Google Review
In my many years of experience with PT for a variety of injuries, I have never worked with a therapist as knowledgeable, energetic, patient, and committed to my recovery and health as Celeste. She is interested in the cause of the problem and finding solutions, rather than only dealing with superficial symptoms. The manual work she does always leaves me feeling better and the exercises/stretches she has taught me target exactly where the problems lie. I can tell that I’m noticeably stronger and more flexible because of them. Anyone who gets to work with Celeste is lucky indeed! Judy R - 72 years young 😉
Both my husband and I are working with Amy, a PT for Mobile Rehab. She has been helping me after knee replacement surgery, and is working with my husband with balance, strengthening and walking. She is a gem! She is enthusiastic, engaging, and always positive. I would gladly recommend Amy and Mobile Rehab to anyone who needs physical therapy!Mona Harrison - Google Review
Oh my goodness, I cannot say enough good things about my therapist, Jennifer. After having a complete shoulder replacement and being discharged by my doctor, he recommended that I could still need therapy to help get me back to “normal”. My friend in Asheville recommended Jennifer to me. I set up an appointment and Jen showed up, right on time, at my apartment with her folding table in tow. She was so knowledgeable about how my shoulder worked, the muscles, tendons and the rotator cuff. After working on the painful spots I complained about, she set up a plan to work out the stiffness and soreness. Now, after 2 visits per week for four weeks, I feel like a new woman. At her last visit, she gave me the coping skills I needed to keep my shoulder in good shape. I am so impressed with her work that I recommend her highly as my most favored therapist.Jane Cumby - Google Review
Deb's professional manner is greatly appreciated as she continues to help me maintain my mobility with a variety of exercises and movements. Her positive attitude during my sessions gives me a sense of well-being.Nancy C. - Google Review
Erin Rankin and Cheryl Reid are skilled physical therapists. As a Parkinson's patient, I have benefited greatly from their expertise. I feel that by keeping my muscles stretched, I have contributed to my current state of mobility. If they are going to be a few minutes late, they are thoughtful and considerate by sending a text to me. When scheduling appointments, efforts are made to accommodate my specific timing needs. Due to the longevity of our relationships, levels of trust have been built. Their pleasant personalities add to the care they give. I look forward to seeing them each week. Nancy C - Google Review
The therapist from Mobile Rehab has been fantastic and very helpful to me. She clearly is the best PT I have ever had.Laureen F of Chapel Hill
Each time a PT moves on we think no one could be as good and them amazingly they seem to be even better. Have used for years and always with great satisfactionSue Clark - Google Review
I have been so impressed with Mobile Rehab. I've been working with Lacey K. DPT. post-op for a knee replacement. She is extremely professional, answers all of my questions and it seems not to bother her if I ask the same question again! She works me hard and that's what I need. She'll tell me either I'm doing it right or will correct me in a very calm and pleasant manner. Lacey explains everything I'm doing and why. I can't say enough good things about Mobile Rehab especially Lacey!Mary Beth Bryman - Google Review
Use your insurance or pay privately
$0 per visit
Many Medicare plans with a supplement policy will cover all of our fees.
Same as a clinic
Pay the same copay as if you went to a clinic for therapy. We accept many major insurances and will verify your benefits before starting.
Easy payment options available.
HOW TO GET STARTED
Contact Us by Phone, Email, or Fax
We’ll help you check your insurance benefits. You do not need to be homebound and you should not be currently receiving any other physical therapy or skilled nursing services in the home.
Schedule an Evaluation
We will match you with a therapist and have them contact you to plan a date, time and location that works best for you.
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We provide research-based, individualized fall prevention interventions that have been shown to greatly reduce your risk of falling and injuries, including the OTAGO fall prevention program.
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Avoid driving to a clinic and get the individualized care you deserve. We work with many conditions ranging from post-stroke, Parkinson’s, vertigo to rotator cuff dysfunction and much more. Contact us for details.
After Home Health
We can improve care continuity by providing in home therapy even after you have been discharged by a Home Health agency. Avoid the hassle of driving and continue to make progress towards your goals.
Strength and Conditioning
We can help you improve your strength, mobility, range of motion, or any other functional limitations that impair your daily activity.
We develop individualized care plans to help manage your aches and pains through exercise and hands-on techniques.