Balance Disorders 2

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Millions of Americans are affected by dizziness and in some cases, the cause is difficult to diagnose. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill discusses some of the more common causes of dizziness and treatment options.

Dr. Hill:

Diagnosing a balance disorder can be complicated. Many kinds of balance disorders and other medical conditionsincluding ear infections, blood pressure changes and vision problemscan contribute to a persons dizziness.

Some of the more common balance disorders are:

Labyrinthitisan infection or inflammation of the inner ear.

Mnires diseasean inner ear fluid balance disorder that causes episodes of vertigo, fluctuating hearing loss, ringing and the sensation of fullness in the ear.

Vestibular neuritisan infection of the vestibular nerve, which is generally viral.

Perilymph fistulaa leakage of inner ear fluid to the middle ear. It can occur after a head injury or physical exertion.

Various options are available to treat balance disorders. Individual treatment will vary depending on symptoms, medical history and general health. Treatment may include vestibular rehabilitation or balance retraining exercises, including movements of the head and body specifically developed for the patient. Report any balance problems to your physician immediately.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.