Our website is designed to help you determine the cause or causes of your dizziness. Our system will help you understand the meaning of the term “dizziness,” the problems that create this feeling, and how to correct them. The feeling of dizziness means different things to different people. It can be difficult and frustrating to describe. Sometimes it is used to describe a sense of vertigo or spinning, sometimes a sense of unsteadiness or instability, or even a sense of faintness… sometimes more than one. Our testing system will sort out these symptoms and provide you with a guide to understanding the reason for your problem.
“Dizziness” is associated with conditions ranging from simple, easily corrected conditions, like inner ear dysfunction, to more serious disorders of the nervous and cardiovascular systems. At some point in their lifetime, four out of ten American citizens will experience this sensation severe enough to seek medical help. Elderly individuals in particular are apt to experience the sensation.
The common causes of “dizziness” are frequently associated with feelings of unsteadiness, a sense of being off balance, and unfortunately at times falling. The sense of being unsteady may profoundly impact activities of daily living as well as cause psychological and emotional hardship.
This program explores with a number of questions specific situations positions, activities , medications, associated medical conditions and symptoms to arrive at a solution to your problem.
“Vertigo”: is a subtype of “dizziness” in which an individual inappropriately experiences the perception of motion (usually a spinning motion) due to dysfunction of the inner ear system.
The feeling of “dizziness” is not only unpleasant but is associated with unsteadiness, decreased balance, and increased risk of falling. The risk of falling is particularly dangerous in the older population, in which falls account for 25% of hospital admissions and 40% admissions to nursing homes! The statistics show that about 50% of those who fall never return to independent living. Uncommonly, these symptoms are due to serious medical conditions such as heart disease, decreased blood flow, tumors, and MS. More commonly, “dizziness” is caused by treatable conditions like inner ear dysfunction which accounts for more than half of all cases.