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When balance is impaired, an individual has difficulty maintaining orientation. For example, an individual may experience the “room spinning” and may not be able to walk without staggering, or may not even be able to arise. Some of the symptoms a person with a balance disorder may experience are: A sensation of dizziness or vertigo (spinning). Falling or a feeling of falling. Lightheadedness or feeling… Read More
You can take the following steps that may be helpful to your physician in determining a diagnosis and treatment plan. Bring a written list of symptoms to your doctor. Bring a list of medications currently being used for balance disorders to your doctor. Be specific when you describe the nature of your symptoms to your doctor. For example, describe how, when, and where you experience… Read More
There are various options for treating balance disorders. One option includes treatment for a disease or disorder that may be contributing to the balance problem, such as ear infection, stroke, or multiple sclerosis. Individual treatment will vary and will be based upon symptoms, medical history, general health, examination by a physician, and the results of medical tests. Another treatment option includes balance retraining exercises (vestibular… Read More
Diagnosis of a balance disorder is complicated because there are many kinds of balance disorders and because other medical conditions–including ear infections, blood pressure changes, and some vision problems–and some medications may contribute to a balance disorder. A person experiencing dizziness should see a physician for an evaluation. The primary physician may request the opinion of an otolaryngologist to help evaluate a balance problem. An… Read More
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Scientists are working to understand the various balance disorders and the complex interactions between the labyrinth, other balance-sensing organs, and the brain. Scientists are studying eye movement to understand the changes that occur in aging, disease, and injury. Scientists are collecting data about eye movement and posture to improve diagnosis and treatment of balance disorders. Scientists are also studying the effectiveness of certain exercises as… Read More