Dizziness or loss of balance is the second most common complaint heard in doctors’ offices. National Institutes of Health statistics indicate dizziness will occur in 70 percent of the nation’s population at some point in their lives. Acute or chronic problems with equilibrium may indicate serious health risks or limit a person’s everyday living.
Equilibrium disorders fall into two categories. The first category is dizziness, vertigo, or motion intolerance that may occur in acute or sharp attacks lasting anywhere from a few seconds to several hours. This condition may be caused or worsened by rapid head movements, turning too quickly, walking or riding. The second category is a persistent sense of imbalance, unsteadiness, or what some people refer to as a loss of surefootedness.
Good news is diagnosis and treatment options have become more effective over the past 10 years. There is hope for many individuals who once thought there might be no relief.