Treatment for dizziness and balance issues in Kalgoorlie

Have you ever felt dizzy, lightheaded, or as if the room were spinning around you? These can be troublesome sensations. If the feeling happens often, it could be a sign of a balance problem.

Balance problems are among the most common reasons that older adults seek help from a doctor. They are often caused by disturbances of the inner ear. Vertigo, the feeling that you or the things around you are spinning, is a common symptom.

Having good balance means being able to control and maintain your body’s position, whether you are moving or remaining still. Good balance helps you walk without staggering, get up from a chair without falling, climb stairs without tripping, and bend over without falling. Good balance is important to help you get around, stay independent, and carry out daily activities.

People are more likely to have problems with balance as they get older. But age is not the only reason these problems occur. Some balance disorders are caused by problems in the inner ear. One of the most common causes of dizziness related to the inner ear is known as Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV).

Some diseases of the circulatory system, such as stroke, can cause dizziness and other balance problems. Low blood pressure can also cause dizziness. Head injury and many medicines may also lead to balance problems.

Some other causes of balance problems relate to reduced lower limb joint health and strength, core strength and stability.

If you have a balance disorder, you may stagger when you try to walk, or teeter or fall when you try to stand up. You might experience other symptoms such as:

  • Dizziness or vertigo (a spinning sensation)
  • Falling or feeling as if you are going to fall
  • Lightheadedness, faintness, or a floating sensation
  • Blurred vision
  • Confusion or disorientation

Other symptoms might include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Changes in heart rate and blood pressure
  • Fear, anxiety, or panic.

Symptoms may come and go over short time periods or last for a long time, and can lead to fatigue and depression.

Physiotherapy can be very effective in the treatment of dizziness and vertigo, especially if these symptoms are made worse by movement. Your physiotherapist will conduct a comprehensive assessment of your dizziness and vertigo, and, in many cases, would be able to establish the cause for your symptoms. Based on the results of the examination your physiotherapist may prescribe specific exercises or perform specific techniques to reduce the symptoms of dizziness.

Balance issues, stemming from other musculoskeletal issues such as lower limb joint problems, hip and lower limb strength, core strength and stability also benefit greatly from physiotherapy. Your physiotherapist will be able to prescribe specific exercises to address the deficits. They may also use supportive equipment to help reduce the risk of falls or instability.

In some cases your assessment may not be able to establish a cause for your symptoms, your physiotherapist would refer you to a medical specialist who would be able to order more extensive testing.