Did you know that according to a study, the prevalence of dizziness has been estimated to be one in five in the 18 to 64 year age group, with 50% reporting postural unsteadiness. Yet, approximately 40% of patients with dizziness do not consult their general practitioner, demonstrating a probable underestimation of the problem. The three main components in maintaining a good balance are Visual (eyes and the parts of the brain that work together to let us see). Vestibular (inner ear balance mechanism) and somatosensory systems (ability to interpret bodily sensation such as touch, pressure, etc). Any changes or damage to this well-integrated system can lead to Vertigo or Vertigo like symptoms.
There can be a number of causes behind feeling unsteady, but the question here is as to when to ask for help. Here are a few questions to ask yourself that might help in understanding if you are at risk of developing balance problems or have had any under treated episodes of vertigo.
Have you experienced any of the symptoms mentioned below?
- Feeling of spinning
- Unexplained nausea with dizziness
- Hearing loss in one or both ears
- Dizziness caused by very loud noises
- Brief dizziness episode caused by a sudden head movement
Also, the risk factors are age above 50 years, a head injury, and deficits in the balance system of the body. Women are more commonly affected than men. If you have experienced any of these symptoms more frequently, then it’s time to get an assessment and talk to your Physiotherapist on ways they can help reduce your risk of falls.
The blog was written by Navita, Physio from the Gawler Place practice.
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