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How Can Vestibular Disorders Affect Quality of Life?

There are a lot of new health concerns these days, and there are a lot of advancements in medical technology that benefit people in daily life. It’s one of those important areas where information is constantly changing. Sometimes there is so much information out there, it can be difficult to know what or who to believe. If you’re like most people, you value clear, simple information about medical issues that doesn’t “beat around the bush” or create unnecessary confusion.

Vestibular disorders are something you may have heard about, especially if you (or someone you love) are sixty years or older. We all have tiny organs inside our ears that help us with physical balance and spatial perception. These are the vestibular organs — and when we have issues with balance, dizziness or vertigo (especially as we age), these tiny organs are one of the most common causes of our symptoms.

But let’s back up for a minute. What about simple, practical information? How can Vestibular Disorders affect your quality of life, or the life of someone you care about?

Let’s look at some of the various side effects of vestibular orders:

Dizziness

People with vestibular disorders often wake up from sleep feeling dizzy, or feel suddenly dizzy at any time throughout the day. This is obviously a very challenging symptom, and when persistent, it can detract seriously from quality of life. A bout of dizziness can be relatively mild or it can be severe. In some cases, it can lead to a fall.

Falls

Falling is one of the most common concerns amongst aging adults; and a fall can happen for any number of reasons. But vestibular disorders definitely raise the risk of falls and fall-related injuries. When these tiny organs are not functioning correctly, it’s possible to suddenly lose one’s sense of spatial perception and balance, which can make it very difficult to stay on your feet.

Vertigo

Vertigo is sometimes difficult to distinguish from dizziness, but it’s important to remember that a person does not have to be moving at all in order to experience vertigo. A sudden sense of being confused or disoriented can occur, and body movements can then exacerbate this feeling. It’s possible to faint, feel lightheaded, or experience significant nausea during an episode of vertigo.

So what’s the solution?

When it comes to vestibular disorders, invasive surgery and drugs are effective in a very small number of severe cases. That leaves the vast majority of people who many have vestibular disorders and accompanying symptoms, but no real viable treatment.

Fortunately, there are physical therapists out there who are experienced and trained in rehabilitating vestibular organs. This type of therapy, often known as vestibular therapy, has proven to be very effective in minimizing or eliminating the bothersome symptoms of vestibular disorders. Many aging Americans have seen their lives improve dramatically with the help of vestibular therapy: But make sure you work with a truly knowledgeable and reputable therapist in order to get the very best results!

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