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A 59-year-old male asked:

how do i stand after falling? i have balance issues and have to use a cane to walk.

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Dr. Timothy Silver
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 24 years experience
Physical Therapy: Balance issues can be caused by many things, when the troulbe leads to falls, it is more urgent .And the source should be looked in to. Physical therapy after a hospitalization is a good start, as they can do balance and vestibular testing. A good neurological evaluation may also be prudent. See your doctor before you fall again, .

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