Have you ever felt dizzy? Does the room sometimes feel like it is spinning around you? These feelings can be bothersome for patients. If this sensation happens to you often, it could be a sign of a balance disorder. If you are looking to get to the bottom of your balance issues, contact Advance Physical Therapy to schedule an appointment for getting the care that you need today.
What are the Symptoms of a Balance Disorder?
Balance disorders tend to come about suddenly with little to no warning. For you to have normal balance, many of your body’s systems – including your bones, joints, eyes, muscles, nerves, heart, and blood vessels – need to work normally. When these systems are not functioning properly, that is when issues tend to arise. Symptoms of balance disorders vary between individuals, but some symptoms that are commonly associated with balance disorders can include the following:
- Feeling lightheaded or faint.
- Falling or feeling unsteady when standing or walking.
- Experiencing vision changes.
Other symptoms can include changes in blood pressure, fear, anxiety, panic, and gastrointestinal issues. People tend to start having balance problems as they age, but age is not the only reason balance disorders occur. Some of these disorders are caused by inner ear problems, as the vestibular system is a part of your inner ear that is responsible for balance. Sometimes, circulatory issues can also lead to balance problems. Some common types of balance disorders may include:
- Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV).
- Ménière’s disease.
- Vestibular neuronitis.
- Perilymph fistula.
If you have a balance disorder, your physical therapist can help devise a treatment to help you manage your symptoms and improve your balance. Balance training exercises can help compensate for imbalance and maintain your physical activity. If you are starting to experience dizziness or falls frequently, you should contact your physical therapist.
Unfortunately, many balance disorders develop without any warning. At Advance Physical Therapy, we will be able to assess your symptoms and formulate a treatment plan that is capable of addressing your specific needs and condition. If you have trouble staying steady on your feet, be sure to contact us today!