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Balance, Dizziness, and Gait Problems

Complete Care for Vestibular Disorders

Your vestibular system is a set of sensory organs within your inner ear that helps you maintain your balance, coordinate your movements and provides information of where you are in relation to objects around you. The vestibular system works alongside your eyes and brain to help you walk and interact with the world. If you have a vestibular disorder, you may experience dizziness, trouble balancing or even trouble with your gait (normal walking motion).

We understand how challenging it can be to deal with a vestibular disorder, but you don’t have to face it alone. Our team of experts at Baystate Health is here to help. We care for patients from throughout western Massachusetts who have balance, dizziness and gait issues.

Causes of Balance Problems That We Treat

Many actions and conditions can cause you to have trouble balancing. One of the most common causes is benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, which can lead you to feel dizzy when you move your head. Other factors that can cause balance problems include:

  • Concussions or head injuries [link to Concussions and TBIs]
  • Ear infections or inflammations of the inner ear
  • Meniere’s disease (a condition that affects the inner ear)
  • Migraines [link to Headache and Migraine]
  • Motion sensitivity
  • Muscle weakness
  • Weak eye movements

    [H2] How We Treat Balance Problems
    In addition to treating the underlying cause of your balance disorder, we’ll work with you to create a customized plan to address your symptoms. Depending on your unique needs, you’ll work with our physical therapists [link to https://www.baystatehealth.org/services/rehabilitation/physical-therapy], occupational therapists [link to https://www.baystatehealth.org/services/rehabilitation/occupational-therapy], speech-language pathologists [link to https://www.baystatehealth.org/services/rehabilitation/speech-language-swallowing-therapy] and audiologists [link to https://www.baystatehealth.org/services/rehabilitation/audiology-hearing-services] to address your concerns. Your rehabilitation plan for balance problems may include:
    Education
    Manual (hands-on) therapy
    Mobility drills
    Specialized equipment to improve your balance
    Therapeutic exercise

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