Improving strength & balance can help in slippery conditions, according to physical therapists

by Liz Bonis & Megan Burgasser, WKRC || Click HERE to read the full article.


CINCINNATI (WKRC) – Improving balance and strength may help reduce the risk of weather-related injuries.


As the Tri-State dips into colder temperatures, the physical therapy team from OrthoCincy has issued a warning.


They said it’s a challenge sometimes for people to stay on their feet in slippery conditions, but improving balance and strength all year long can make a big difference with slips, falls and broken bones.


“Absolutely, it’s just like any other muscle, you train it, you’re gonna get better at it. All the balance activity in the world, though, if you don’t have the basic strength to hold yourself upright, it’s not going to do you any good. But working on balance and strength, kinda in combination, is gonna be your bread and butter,” said Jordan Barker, an OrthoCincy physical therapist.


Logan Jones said the strength and balance exercises that he’s done have made a difference. He’s been struggling with back pain.


“It’s getting there. Everything is kinda incremental, especially with back pain. So, every day it gets a little bit better, especially when I am in here,” Jones said.


Now, most people can self-refer to a physical therapist to design a program for strength and balance. OrthoCincy also has urgent cares at several sites for those who may have an injury.