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Seniors with Balance Disorders


Ever feel dizzy or unsteady on your feet, as if you are spinning or even floating even though you are standing in one place or lying down? Health conditions, medications or an inner ear issue may be the root cause of certain balance disorders as a senior.

More than 4 out of 10 Americans may experience a balance disorder.

What are the symptoms of poor balance? If you frequently feel uneasy on your feet as if the room is spinning, stagger when you try to walk, or wobble and fall when standing up from a seated position these may be signs of a balance disorder.

A few indications of common balance disorders are:
Dizziness, Vertigo, Lightheadedness or feeling faint, Loss of Balance or being unsteady.

Causes of balance disorders could be from an infection in the ear, circulation disorders, or side effects from medications. Other causes can be from disorders that bring about poor blood circulation, low blood pressure or side effects from medications.

Your doctor may evaluate your symptoms and recommend the next steps in post-acute rehab.
Care and treatment of balance disorders may be as easy as taking some antibiotics, wearing pressure socks, or adjusting your diet.

Depending on your diagnosis or symptoms your doctor may prescribe an assistive device. Such as canes, walkers or wheelchairs that can help.

Changes in your lifestyle can help you handle your balance disorder and decrease your risk of falling and injury. The goal is to get you back to your old self. And of course, get better!

Real People. Remarkable Care. South Coast Post Acute.

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