Dizziness is associated with many different symptoms. The most common symptoms are vertigo (or feeling of the room spinning) or a general feeling of unsteadiness and decreased balance. These symptoms can create difficulty with such things as maintaining visual focus and balance when standing or walking. In the general population the occurrence of dizziness increases with age but it is important to realize that dizziness is not necessarily a normal part of aging. Dizziness and decreased balance is a major predictor of falls in the elderly. These falls can lead to further injuries to other body parts.
As we age, degeneration that occurs in different nerve and muscular structures can influence your balance. These structures include your brain, eyes, vestibular system, nerve pathways, and muscles of your trunk, arms, and legs. If you are experiencing dizziness it is important to be evaluated by a health care professional to determine the cause of your dizziness. On a positive note, most types of dizziness and balance issues can be improved with a vestibular rehabilitation program designed by your physical therapist. These rehabilitation programs are individualized to your needs and work to improve your balance and vestibular function. If you are wondering if physical therapy can help your dizziness please reach out to any of our offices to speak with our qualified physical therapists.