Vestibular Disorders 1
Monday, September 14, 2009

Experts believe that more than 40 percent of Americans will experience dizziness that is serious enough to go to a doctor. This dizziness might be caused by a number of balance disorders. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more in todayís 60 Second Housecall.

A balance disorder is a disturbance that causes an individual to feel unsteady or have a sensation of movement, spinning or floating. An organ in our inner ear, the labyrinth, is an important part of our vestibular, or balance, system. The labyrinth interacts with other systems in the body, such as the eyes and skeletal system, to maintain the body's position. These systems, along with the brain and the nervous system, can be the source of balance problems.

When balance is impaired, an individual has difficulty maintaining orientation in space. Some of the symptoms a person with a balance disorder may experience are:

∑ A sensation of dizziness or vertigo where the room is spinning

∑ Falling or a feeling of falling

∑ Lightheadedness or feeling woozy

∑ Visual blurring, and

∑ Disorientation

Infections, head injury, disorders of blood circulation affecting the inner ear or brain, certain medications and normal aging may change our balance system and result in a balance problem.

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