Balance disorders and our treatments in Osseo, MN

At our clinic in Osseo, MN, we find it important that our patients understand what balance disorders are and their origin in the ear cavern. As the name suggests, a balance disorder is caused by the feeling of being off balance, unsteady, giddy, woozy or having a sensation of movement. The disorder is linked to the brain, the nervous system and an organ in the inner ear called the labyrinth. The labyrinth interacts with other systems in the body to maintain your body’s position because of moving fluid which let you know when you are in a rotary (circular) motion. It is also how your body and brain interact within your environment. This disorder occurs when your body’s balance system is not working together as it should.

Symptoms

The symptoms we see most commonly in Osseo that are involved with balance disorders include:

  • Difficulty maintaining orientation – “room spinning”
  • A sensation of dizziness or vertigo (spinning)
  • Falling or a feeling of falling
  • Lightheadedness or feeling woozy
  • Visual blurring
  • Disorientation
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Faintness
  • Changes in heart rate
  • Fear, anxiety or panic

All these symptoms can appear and disappear over small periods of time or can be constantly present.

The cause

There are a multitude of reasons why you could be suffering from balance disorders. Infections, head injury, disorders of blood circulation affecting the inner ear or brain, certain medications and aging are just a few. To learn why you are experiencing balance issues, come see our experts in Osseo, MN today!

Types of balance disorders:

  • Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo
  • Labyrinthitis
  • Ménière’s Disease
  • Vestibular Neuronitis
  • Perilymph Fistula

If you are suffering from a balance disorder, it is important to talk to a physician first for an evaluation and diagnosis of where your off-balance symptoms are originating. A test will be conducted and if your doctor feels it has something to do with your ears and hearing, you can ask to be referred to our clinic in Osseo.