Our balance specialists are experts in diagnosing and treating the specific conditions which cause dizziness or loss of balance. One-third to one-half of the population 65 and older experience falls every year. Fortunately, the loss of balance is not inevitable and can be successfully treated.
Your therapist will work closely with your primary care physician, neurologist, ear/nose/throat doctor, and/or audiologist to find and resolve balance and dizziness conditions. Your balance specialist will also give you a home exercise program and teach you strategies that will give you the confidence to return to your daily activities.
Causes of Dizziness and Loss of Balance Josh doing balance and vestibular therapy for diziness with older patient at Draper clinic.
The ability to maintain balance is a complex process which depends on three major components:
- The sensory system for information about your body’s position in space (such as sensation in the feet)
- Inner ear organs functioning properly and communicating appropriately with the brain
Many medical conditions can affect any of these interrelated systems. Although these main systems contribute to our ability to maintain our balance, dizziness and altered balance stem from innumerable causes. It requires an experienced diagnostician to find the root of the problem. Also, many times the problem is found by ruling out other medical conditions. It is also important to remember the cause of one’s balance or dizziness problem may change over time.
Your balance specialist will take a medical history and conduct an extensive assessment to develop a diagnosis and patient specific plan of care to address one’s dizziness and balance problem.
Treatment plans vary upon the contributing condition(s). Generally, adaptation, habituation, and compensation are the techniques of choice for treatment, depending on the diagnosis. Your Balance Specialist will create an individualized program with activities to:
- Re-educate your vestibular, body positioning (somatosensory), and/or visual
- Train and educate on weight transfers and movement strategies
- Strengthen muscles which support healthy balance
- Teach the central nervous system to adapt for inner ear conditions
- Maneuver to reposition (get rid of “ear rock”) “ear crystals” to treat the sensation of vertigo (room spinning/shifting). This varies from one to several treatments.
- Build an appropriate level of confidence in one’s balance
Collaborative Management of Condition
We work closely with your Primary Care Physician, Neurologist, Ear/Nose/Throat doctor, and/or Audiologist to find and resolve balance and dizziness conditions.
Your Balance Specialist will give you a home exercise program and teach you strategies that will give you the confidence to return to your daily activities.
Call today to schedule with a specialist at our Murray, Draper or Bountiful clinics