Ronald E. Snyder, M.D. Rolando Amadeo, M.D. Kathia Baucage, M.D.
Board Certified Specialists

Balance Testing at Our Orlando Clinic Could Really Make a Difference

Unfortunately, one of the leading causes of visits to the doctor's office is problems with balance. That, along with dizziness, afflicts a significant number of people each year. In some cases, the problem can be easily treated and swiftly resolved; in other cases the problem may become chronic, with people experiencing years of misery as a result.

There are several different manner of problems which can result from the systems which govern balance being compromised. From a few seconds of dizziness or disorientation, particularly when changing position, through to prolonged balance issues which can make falls more common and walking more difficult, each person experiences balance problems slightly differently. Even if the issues are severe and have had a marked impact on quality of life, in many cases they can be successfully treated, enabling patients to lead a full and active existence again.

STATISTICS SHOW THAT:

  • 90 million Americans will suffer a balance disorder sometime during their lifetime.
  • Balance problems are the number one complaint for those over 70 years of age.
  • One-half of the accidental deaths in the elderly are due to balance problems.
  • Over 300,000 hip fractures a year are due to falls from imbalance.
  • Inner Ear Disorders and balance disorders have symptoms which are virtually indistinguishable to most people.
  • Balance Disorders can affect a person's ability to stand, walk, see, think, read, or watch television. Balance problems are sometimes confused with multiple sclerosis and clinical depression.
  • Children with balance disorders are sometimes incorrectly diagnosed as being learning disabled, dyslexic, or psychologically disturbed.
  • Whiplash and head injuries are frequent causes of balance and dizziness.
  • Ear infections can also cause vestibular disorders.

Poor Balance is Not an Inevitable Result of Aging

Balance is achieved through several different parts of the body working together. In addition to the brain, which processes information and sends out an appropriate response to the body's muscles, balance is also affected by the delicate inner ear and the experience of contact with the ground which the soles of the feet have, along with eye sight. These senses all combine to give the brain the data it needs to position the body correctly in order that balance is maintained. If any of these senses are not working as they should, balance will be affected. Although many older people who find they are developing problems in keeping their balance, or who feel that they are reacting more slowly than they should when a change of balance is required, the reality is that the natural aging process itself does not case balance issues. Accurate assessment, diagnosis and treatment of the affected organ is likely to result in a marked improvement in balance, irrespective of age.

What Could Be Causing My Poor Balance?

As indicated earlier, if there are any problems with the eye, the inner ear, the nerve receptors on the soles of the feet and elsewhere in the body which transmit information about the position of the body with respect to the earth, or with the brain, then balance could be adversely affected.

There are a large number of conditions which could result in balance and vertigo problems. The inner ear, for example, can become infected, or damaged over time. Something as simple as long- or near-sightedness can cause difficulties with balance. Nerve damage to the soles of the feet, perhaps due to a chronic illness such as diabetes, can also cause balance issues. Other conditions that affect balance include muscle weakness, brain damage and arthritic changes. Many of these conditions are highly treatable. If your balance is failing, diagnostic testing is needed to establish the cause; although in some cases there is no realistic treatment, in many circumstances the problem can be put right and the vertigo or balance problems being experienced will either improve greatly or disappear completely.

When Should You Go for a Balance Test for Vertigo?

The following are all signs and symptoms that mean you may benefit from a balance test and assessment to establish what the cause might be:

  • Difficulty in navigating in the dark – for example problems retaining your balance when visiting the bathroom at night.
  • Feeling apprehensive about negotiating open spaces where there is little support – for example supermarket aisles.
  • Feeling disorientated when using escalators, elevators or similar surfaces.
  • Problems retaining balance when moving from one surface to another - for example navigating between carpet and vinyl.
  • Difficulty with foot placement.
  • A spinning head or sense of disorientation if you move your head too quickly.
  • Feeling wobbly or unsteady when walking.
  • A sense of not being properly centered when walking.

Fast, Accurate Balance Testing

We offer a comprehensive testing procedure which can accurately identify many of the factors which result in poor balance or vertigo. Our blend of sophisticated testing equipment and skilled professionals ensure that you get the answers you need to maximize your chances of finding a suitable solution. We are able to conduct a full suite of testing in as little as forty-five minutes, providing you with fast access to the information you are looking for. To schedule an appointment or for further information about the benefits of balance testing in general or a balance test for vertigo, call us at (407) 664-0101.

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