Problems with dizziness or lack of balance are often dismissed as being unimportant or simply an unavoidable part of growing older. As a result, thousands of people suffer needlessly, finding it difficult to work, run errands, use a car, walk safely, or perform routine daily activities.
Balance problems can cause profound disruptions in your life. In addition to increasing risk of falls, balance disorders can shorten your attention span, disrupt normal sleep patterns, and cause excessive fatigue. It is estimated that as many as 40% of adults have dizziness or balance problems severe enough to report to a physician.
In a normal healthy individual there are three sensory systems that send information to the brain about balance:
Because of the complexity of balance control, not all balance problems are the same. If you have a balance disorder, you may have a problem in any one of these three sensory systems or a combination of them. Balance disorders can be treated with the correct evaluation by specially trained audiologists and physical therapists.
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:
A number of factors may contribute to balance or dizziness problems including:
Because there are many potential causes, diagnosing a balance
disorder can be difficult. For that reason
St. Vincent has developed the Computerized Dynamic Posturography (CDP) Program. St. Vincent Health is the only hospital system in Indiana to offer this special evaluation. Physical Therapists are uniquely trained to assess balance issues and provide intervention for correction. The CDP system can greatly assist the clinician in identifying the cause of the balance issue and provide specific measurements, showing evidence of the balance issue and progress toward return to safe function.
The system can measure the weight shifts and sway in stance as you are taken through higher and higher challenges. CDP provides a safe environment in which you can complete your physical therapy. With the correct assessment and intervention, patients can get back to normal function and prevent an injury due to a fall.
To schedule an appointment or for more information please contact St. Vincent Rehabilitation Therapies at 317-338-LIVE (5483).