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Balance Problems

Balance problems include a wide range of symptoms, from dizziness to light-headedness. Your muscles, bones and joints (musculoskeletal system), visual senses, hearing, central nervous system, and blood and heart vessels must work normally for you to have normal balance. When these areas aren't functioning well, you may experience balance problem symptoms. Most balance problems result from problems in your inner ear (vestibular system). Also, many medical conditions can cause balance problems.

Symptoms

If your balance is impaired, you may feel as if the room is spinning. You may stagger when you try to walk or teeter or fall when you try to stand up.Some of the symptoms you might experience are:

  • Dizziness or vertigo (a spinning sensation)
  • Falling or feeling as if you are going to fall
  • Lightheadedness, faintness, or a floating sensation
  • Blurred vision
  • Confusion or disorientation

Other symptoms are nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, changes in heart rate and blood pressure, and fear, anxiety, or panic. Some people also feel tired, depressed, or unable to concentrate. Symptoms may come and go over short time periods or last for longer periods of time.

Causes

A balance disorder may be caused by viral or bacterial infections in the ear, a head injury, or blood circulation disorders that affect the inner ear or brain. Many people experience problems with their sense of balance as they get older. Balance problems and dizziness also can result from taking certain medications.

In addition, problems in the visual and skeletal systems and the nervous and circulatory systems can be the source of some posture and balance problems. A circulatory system disorder, such as low blood pressure, can lead to a feeling of dizziness when we suddenly stand up. Problems in the skeletal or visual systems, such as arthritis or eye muscle imbalance, also may cause balance problems. However, many balance disorders can begin all of a sudden and with no obvious cause.

Treatment

Although dizziness is a common symptom, living with this problem can significantly impact a person's lifestyle and function. Traditionally, dizziness has been treated with medication but many patients with balance problems rely on adaptive equipment such as straight canes or walkers. Today, a variety of new treatment opportunities exist for people with balance and dizziness disorders.

Physical therapy

Vestibular Physical Therapy utilizes specialized exercises to address specific areas of the individual's dizziness/balance disorder. The patient’s goals for this specific rehabilitation will vary, depending upon the type, cause and duration of the condition. The physical therapist works with the individual patient to develop a program to meet specific needs.

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Locations

Wall Street Office.
30 Wall St., Suite 500
Tel: (212) 742-8000

Upper East Side.
232 E. 66th St.
Tel: (212) 785-9620

Astoria Office.
29-15 Astoria Blvd
Tel: (718) 626-6666

Our address

1

30 Wall St., Suite 500,New York, NY 10005

Tel: (212) 742-8000, Mail: web@optimumrehabnyc.com
2

232 E. 66th St.,New York, NY 10065

Tel: (212) 785-9620, Mail: web@optimumrehabnyc.com

3

29-15 Astoria Blvd, Astoria, NY 11102

Tel: (718) 626-6666, Mail: web@optimumrehabnyc.com