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Balance Disorder

Good balance helps one in maintaining one’s body position and having total control of one’s body while moving and remaining still. Good balance helps one to walk normally without staggering, arise from chairs without falling and in climbing stairs without tripping.Balance disorder is a condition that makes one feel dizzy or unsteady. While standing or while sitting, one feels like he/she is floating or moving or spinning

The symptoms of a balance disorder include:
  • Vertigo or dizziness
  • Feeling as if one is going to fall
  • Staggering while trying to walk
  • Blurred vision
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Lightheadedness or floating sensation
Causes of Balance Disorder:
  • Medications
  • Ear infection
  • Low blood pressure
  • Head injury
  • Stress
  • Diseases of the circulatory system
  • Upper respiratory infections
  • Degenerative disorder of the central control in the brain
  • Muscular weakness
  • Viral infections
  • Bacterial infections
Here are a few types of balance disorders:

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo(BPPV)
Meniere’s disease
Vestibular neuronities
Perilymph Fistula
Mal de debarquement syndrome

Diagnosis of balance order is often complicated. If a person experiences dizziness, he should consult a physician or a physiotherapist. The doctor may suggest such a person to see an audiologist or an otolaryngologist. The former is a clinician who specializes vestibular systems and functions of the ear. The latter is a surgeon and a physician who specializes in disorders of the neck, ear throat and nose. Blood test, hearing examination or a video nystagmogram may be prescribe