Is there a connection between aging and dizziness?
Dizziness is one of the most common reasons for a doctor’s visit for adults over the age of 65. Dizziness can lead to difficulty walking, nausea, anxiety, feelings of being tired, decreased ability to concentrate and even depression. Most importantly, dizziness can increase the risk for falls, which is a serious health concern among older adults.
What can I do to help dizziness or imbalance?
Although there are natural physical changes that occur as we age, dizziness and falls are not “just part of getting older.” Balance is composed of 3 primary systems: vision, sensation, and inner ear. A number of factors can affect these systems, resulting in unsteadiness, dizziness, blurriness and even nausea. It is important to address the health of these systems by:
- Having regular eye exams to assess your vision
- Seeing your primary care doctor about changes in sensation, especially in your feet
- Seeking out vestibular therapy if you are told you have an inner ear disorder.
How can PT help my dizziness or prevent me from falling?
Physical therapists are trained to assess the multiple components of balance and determine whether you are at risk for falling. The physical therapists at FYZICAL Shady Grove are specialists in vestibular therapy and can examine how your inner ear and brain are communicating and determine the possible causes of your dizziness and/or imbalance. After your physical therapist determines the cause of your symptoms, they can tailor a specialized treatment plan to me your individual needs and goals. The primary goal of your physical therapist is to improve your mobility and reduce your risk of falls.
If you are experiencing dizziness, imbalance, or frequent falls call our office and schedule an appointment with one of our physical therapists today!