Don’t disregard dizziness

Are you wobbly on your feet or prone to tripping? Does the room spin when you stand? You’re not alone. In fact, you’re among approximately 40% of people in the United States who the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association says will experience some form of dizziness or imbalance over the course of a lifetime.

Any physical unsteadiness such as dizziness, lightheadedness or vertigo (a false sense of movement), even if it only occasionally or briefly warrants your attention, poses not only a potential hazard but also may point to hidden health issues.

Dizzy spells can also create a fear of falling that may move you to limit your daily activities and avoid socializing or traveling. Ultimately, it may prevent you from working and exercising, leaving you socially isolated and physically weak.

The expert team at Phelps Hospital works together, and with you, to develop a treatment plan to restore your independence.
Experts at restoring balance

If you are losing your balance, dealing with dizziness, or frequently falling, the team at Phelps Balance Center can help. Our physicians, audiologists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists have the advanced specialty training required to diagnose the causes of imbalance. They will work together—and with you—to ease symptoms and restore your independence.

Call the Phelps Balance center for more information or to schedule an appointment

Take the Dizziness Handicap Inventory to identify how dizziness is impacting your life.

What causes dizziness?

Conditions associated with dizziness, imbalance or falls, include:

The balance rehabilitation program provides state-of-the-art comprehensive diagnostic testing, treatment, and personalized rehabilitation plans designed to:

  • Reduce your risk of falling
  • Decrease dizziness and unsteadiness
  • Eliminate spinning sensations and positional vertigo
  • Improve mobility
  • Increase your safety and independence
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We provide state-of-the-art diagnostic testing

The Balance Center offers a comprehensive assessment of vestibular function performed by New York State licensed audiologists and is overseen by a medical director specialized in neurotology. Tests offered include:

Following medical evaluation, your doctor may recommend other additional testing such as an MRI or CT scan of the brain and temporal (ear) bone.

What does rehabilitation entail?

If you have a vestibular (inner ear) disorder, you may qualify for a vestibular rehabilitation evaluation. This type of rehabilitation reduces symptoms of dizziness, imbalance, and lowers the risk of injuries due to falls by coordinating eye and head movements. This desensitizes the vestibular system and stabilizes the visual focus to improve walking and balance.

One of our highly trained physical therapists will measure your strength, flexibility, coordination, gait, balance, and posture to determine if this type of rehabilitation therapy is right for you.