Feeling dizzy after a ride on a merry-go-round is expected. But what do you do when you feel that same spinning, off-balance sensation while sitting at your desk or just walking through the park? Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Habib Khan at the Arizona Institute of Neurology and Polysomnography in Casa Grande, Arizona. This nationally known, board-certified neurologist has real solutions for dealing with balance disorders.
Often inappropriately described as “vertigo,” balance problems can make you feel like the room is revolving around you, as if you’re leaning to one side as you walk or the perfectly solid ground under your feet is rocking like a boat. You might also feel unsteady, dizzy, lightheaded, or confused.
It’s normal to feel a brief episode of dizziness or unsteadiness every now and then, which may be related to something as simple as skipping lunch. However, when these symptoms occur frequently, sometimes throughout the day, they can severely impact your quality of life.
Vertigo describes a type of balance dysfunction or dizziness that has a rotational or spinning component. You may, for instance, feel as if you’re revolving or that your environment is spinning around you. Sudden head motions, such as looking down when climbing a ladder or tilting your head back to look up, often trigger vertigo and greatly increase your risk of a fall.
Dizziness, on the other hand, is a feeling of lightheadedness, faintness, or unsteadiness. You may also feel as if you’re floating when you’re dizzy, but there’s no true spinning involved. Being able to describe the characteristics of the sensations you’re experiencing helps Dr. Khan narrow the potential causes of your balance disorder.
Sometimes these symptoms are caused by temporary issues such as an ear infection or another underlying condition that’s easily treated. Other underlying conditions may require more extensive treatment and specialized therapy to help you regain your sense of steadiness.
Depending on what’s causing your balance problems, Dr. Kahn may recommend:
If you’re experiencing bouts of dizziness or other issues with balance, make an appointment today with Dr. Khan.