Balance Disorders 3

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Millions of Americans have disorders of balance they describe as dizziness. What can be difficult for both a patient and his or her doctor is that dizziness is what is called a subjective term. What does that mean? Dr. Edward Hill explains in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Dizziness can be used by people to describe different sensations they are experiencing. It may be difficult for anyone but the person experiencing the symptoms to describe the character and severity of the sensations.

For some people, dizziness is a feeling of unsteadiness or a spinning sensation. Others may experience extreme balance disorders that affect many aspects of their lives. Severe balance disorders can impact a persons independence, ability to work and quality of life.

Even dizziness that seems minor may be a signal of underlying disease.

Balance problems are among the most common reasons that older adults seek help from a doctor. Fall-related injuries such as breaking a hip are a leading cause of death and disability in older individuals. Many of these hip fractures are related to balance disorders.

Balance disorders may also lead to other problems including fatigue, difficulty walking, or disinterest in everyday and leisure activities. Tell your physician if you think you have a balance disorder.

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