Getting out of a chair. Walking through your home. Reaching for a glass in a cupboard. Bending over to put your shoes on. Driving your car. Shopping for groceries. These are normal everyday activities, but did you know that they all depend on your ability to control your balance? People with balance and dizziness problems have difficulty with even the simplest of tasks. What is alarming is that at least half of the U.S. population will experience balance problems sometime during their lives, especially as they get older. In fact, poor balance and fall related injuries account for a large percentage of emergency room visits each year.
If you are an older person with a balance problem, you’ve likely been told that poor balance is a natural and untreatable part of getting older! Or worse, whether younger or older, you’ve been told that your “dizzy spells” are all in your head!
Effective treatment is available
The good news is that medical research has proven that balance problems are NOT imaginary or inevitable with age, and there are effective treatments available for those who do experience balance problems or dizziness. There are also medical professionals and clinicians who are specially trained in the evaluation and treatment of balance disorders.
Unfortunately, a vast majority of people suffering from balance disorders are not aware of the help that is available. Your family physician may also be unaware of the latest procedures. This web site, BalanceandMobility.com, has been established as an information resource to help increase awareness of balance disorders and the available treatment options.
If you or someone you know is suffering from a balance disorder, we encourage you to tour this site to learn more about how your balance system works and how problems can be treated. The site also includes information about where to go for help, as well as an extensive list of additional resources and qualified clinicians.
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The information contained on this site has been compiled by NeuroCom®, a division of Natus® the world leader in the development of technology for the assessment and rehabilitation of balance and mobility disorders.