Improve Your Balance to Reduce Your Risk of Falls
Dizziness and balance problems are very common, affecting one out of three people. If you feel dizzy or unsteady, it can affect your ability to carry out even the most minor tasks– such as walking or driving. You may also suffer other related symptoms such as stomach upset, headaches, blurred vision, ringing in the ears, or hearing loss.
Balance problems are also a leading cause of falls― especially in older adults. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of adults age 65 years and older fall each year. Balance-related falls also account for one-half of accidental deaths in the population over age 65.
If you experience a persistent sense of dizziness or imbalance– it’s important to tell your doctor. Usually, these symptoms will not go away by themselves and will continue to affect your quality of life.
KRMC Dizziness and Balance services are covered by most medical health insurances including Medicare and Medicaid (AHCCCS).
The KRMC Dizziness and Balance Center features skilled healthcare professionals and advanced technology for assessing and treating such balance-related disorders as:
- Disequilibrium – feeling unsteady or off-balance
- Pre-syncope – feeling lightheaded or faint
- Vertigo – the sensation of spinning or having the room spin about you
At the KRMC Balance Center, we provide specialized expertise and technology for assessing your body’s balance functions. Our team of audiologists and balance therapists work with your doctor to identify the cause of your dizziness or unsteadiness symptoms.
- Vestibular function testing, which includes a number of tests to help determine if there is something wrong with the vestibular (balance) portion of the inner ear. These tests can help isolate dizziness symptoms to a specific cause that can often be treated.
- Computerized Dynamic Posturography (CDP), which is state-of-the-art technology used to evaluate coordination of a patient’s vision, inner ear, and muscles/joints for maintaining balance. The test can determine whether one or more of the body’s balance sensory systems are impaired.
- Balance therapy, which includes special exercises and physical therapy tailored to specific impairments that are causing your balance problem.