Dizziness & Balance

40 percent of Americans experience dizziness serious enough to warrant a visit to the doctor. Even dizziness that seems minor might indicate an underlying disorder

Dizziness & Balance

Dizziness and balance problems
If you are experiencing dizziness and balance problems, or one of the two, it can be frustrating and even scary.

What is dizziness?
Some people feel like they’re unsteady or spinning.

40 percent of Americans experience dizziness serious enough to warrant a visit to the doctor. Even dizziness that seems minor might indicate an underlying disorder

Symptoms

Let us know if you have felt unsteady, as if the room is spinning, like you’re losing your balance and falling,  as if you might faint (lightheadedness), blurred vision, or feeling disoriented

Causes

Dizziness and imbalance can be symptoms of Ménière’s disease, traumatic injury, tumors, cardiovascular disorders and more.  See below for for information.

Treatment

Therapies might include dietary changes, medications, and vestibular therapy.

Underlying Causes

Dizziness and imbalance can be symptoms of:

• Ménière’s disease: A degenerative disorder of the inner ear
• Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV): Caused by tiny crystals that come loose from their normal           location in the inner ear
• Vestibular neuritis (vestibular neurolabyrinthitis): An inflammation of the inner ear or vestibular nerve fibers
• Migraine-associated dizziness
• Traumatic injury
• Tumors
• Degenerative nerve diseases (such as Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis)
• Stroke
• Muscular and skeletal issues
• Cardiovascular disorders

Balance disorders could lead to:

• Fatigue
• Difficulty walking
• Disinterest in everyday and leisure activities

Contact us
If you are having problems with dizziness and balance, give us a call to set up an appointment today!

The Spinning Stops Now

We pay close attention to patient history, the physical examination, and laboratory results. There are many underlying causes that produce similar symptoms.

In addition, balance disorders are affected by a complex system. This system includes the:

• Central nervous system
• Ocular system
• Peripheral distal nervous input of proprioception (feeling)

Despite this complexity, through questioning and testing our team can help you eliminate, reduce, or develop strategies to cope with dizziness.

Contact us
If you are having problems with dizziness and balance, give us a call to set up an appointment today!

Loss of Balance

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo
Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo appears to be caused by loose particles in the inner ear fluid compartment. These loosened particles can take up residence in the small canals for balance, stimulating the canal to respond to gravity. As a result, this causes the sensation of motion.

The maneuver to correct this is referred to as Epley, modified Semonts, or repositioning maneuver.

Treatment options
Therapies might include:

• Dietary changes
• Medications
• Vestibular therapy

Let us know if you have felt:

• Unsteady
• As if the room is spinning
• As if you’re moving when you’re not
• Like you’re losing your balance and falling
• As if you’re falling
• As if you might faint (lightheadedness)
• Blurred vision
• Disoriented

Let us know:

• How often you have dizziness and/or balance problems
• If you have fallen
• The list of medications you are taking

Underlying Causes

Dizziness and imbalance can be symptoms of:

• Ménière’s disease: A degenerative disorder of the inner ear
• Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV): Caused by tiny crystals that come loose from their normal           location in the inner ear
• Vestibular neuritis (vestibular neurolabyrinthitis): An inflammation of the inner ear or vestibular nerve fibers
• Migraine-associated dizziness
• Traumatic injury
• Tumors
• Degenerative nerve diseases (such as Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis)
• Stroke
• Muscular and skeletal issues
• Cardiovascular disorders

Balance disorders could lead to:

• Fatigue
• Difficulty walking
• Disinterest in everyday and leisure activities

Contact us
If you are having problems with dizziness and balance, give us a call to set up an appointment today!

The Spinning Stops Now

We pay close attention to patient history, the physical examination, and laboratory results. There are many underlying causes that produce similar symptoms.

In addition, balance disorders are affected by a complex system. This system includes the:

• Central nervous system
• Ocular system
• Peripheral distal nervous input of proprioception (feeling)

Despite this complexity, through questioning and testing our team can help you eliminate, reduce, or develop strategies to cope with dizziness.

Loss of Balance

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo
Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo appears to be caused by loose particles in the inner ear fluid compartment. These loosened particles can take up residence in the small canals for balance, stimulating the canal to respond to gravity. As a result, this causes the sensation of motion.

The maneuver to correct this is referred to as Epley, modified Semonts, or repositioning maneuver.

Treatment options
Therapies might include:

• Dietary changes
• Medications
• Vestibular therapy

Let us know if you have felt:

• Unsteady
• As if the room is spinning
• As if you’re moving when you’re not
• Like you’re losing your balance and falling
• As if you’re falling
• As if you might faint (lightheadedness)
• Blurred vision
• Disoriented

Let us know:

• How often you have dizziness and/or balance problems
• If you have fallen
• The list of medications you are taking

Contact us
If you are having problems with dizziness and balance, give us a call to set up an appointment today!

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