With falls being the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries in individuals 65 years of age and older, it is important to know your options for testing and rehabilitation. Not only are costs rising for the care of these individuals either for the high death toll or for treatment and recovery that results from these disabling accidents.
The loss of independence is significant either as a fear of falling or as a result of having had a fall. There are many providers out there that offer generic fall prevention programs but only address issues such as environment like general home safety. However, those that may have more severe types of balance disorders – such as dizziness, will fall regardless of the environment.
It is important to seek professional help for testing for these balance disorders as it not only interferes with daily activities, work and travel, it can also be a sign of underlying issues affecting the Nervous System, Vestibular System and general Proprioception (the body’s awareness to its self).
Although Arroyo Physical Therapy in Pasadena, CA is primarily concerned with Vestibular Rehabilitation, it is also important for us to have resources available for more advanced testing, such as VNG (Videonystagmography), CDP (Computerized Dynamic Posturography) and VAT (Vestibular Autorotation Testing).
If you suffer from severe or slight imbalance, have a history of falls, vertigo, dizziness – either acute or chronic, have general gait, balance or movement disorders, concussion or head trauma, TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury), other age related instability, chemotherapy or inner ear surgery, it might be a good idea to get tested and see if testing is right for you.
Signs and Symptoms of Common Balance Disorders:
– Vertigo – Ringing in the Ear – Dizziness – Unsteadiness – Faint Feeling – Depression – Nausea – Headaches – Wooziness – Hearing Loss – Blurred Vision – Imbalance – Instability – Fear of Falling – Lightheadedness – Motion Sickness – Memory Loss – Tinnitus
If you suffer from any of these, testing may be appropriate. Arroyo Physical Therapy has resources to help you get tested and rehabilitated to make your life Fun and Functional Again.