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Balance, Dizziness, and Gait Problems

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Do you often get dizzy? If your inner ear, eyes, and brain – also called the vestibular system – are damaged, you may suffer from dizziness or vertigo (the false sense of spinning). Vestibular disorders are common and affect people of all ages. They can affect your ability to hear and see. They may even affect your gait (the way you walk).


Baystate Health therapists are experts in vestibular disorders and their symptoms. We’re here to guide you toward recovery every step of the way.

Balance Disorder Causes

At Baystate Health, our physicians discuss the triggers of your balance disorders and work with you to eliminate their causes. Any of the following have been linked to balance disorders:

  • Concussion
  • Ear infections
  • Flying at high altitude
  • Head trauma
  • Long-term use of antibiotics
  • Seasickness
  • Viruses
  • Whiplash

Imbalance Conditions We Treat

Your compassionate rehabilitation team treats a wide variety of balance disorders, including benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. This condition is common, and causes mild to intense dizziness. We also treat other conditions that may cause dizziness, including:

  • Inflammation of the inner ear
  • Meniere's disease (fluid in the inner ear)
  • Migraines
  • Motion sensitivity
  • Muscle weakness
  • Neurological disorders
  • Sport concussions
  • Weak eye movements

Comprehensive Treatment for Imbalance

Our dedicated therapists understand how problems in the nervous system disrupt your life. Your team of expert physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech language pathologists and audiologists build an exercise-based treatment plan designed to reduce or even eliminate vertigo and improve your balance.

Our rehabilitation program includes:

  • Lifelong education
  • Manual techniques
  • Mobility drills
  • Specialized equipment
  • Therapeutic exercise

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