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Dizziness & Balance Center

Dizziness & Balance Center

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What Do You Know About Balance Disorders?

Although millions of Americans have balance disorders, they can be difficult to diagnose. That's because dizziness--a common symptom of these disorders--is such a broad term.

1. Which of these parts of the body plays a key role in balance?
2. What do the semicircular canals, located within the labyrinth, tell us?
3. What do our eyes monitor with respect to our position and balance?
4. Which is a symptom of a balance disorder?
5. Which is a cause of a balance disorder?
6. What is Meniere's disease?
7. Which of these can cause motion sickness, a kind of balance disorder?
8. Which is a treatment for balance disorders?
9. If you have a balance disorder, what can be done to minimize symptoms

Do you lose your balance or feel dizzy?

Dizziness itself is not a disease; it's a symptom – a warning that you may have a problem. Dizziness, vertigo, disequilibrium, and balance disorders are the primary medical causes of falls among the elderly. Some causes of dizziness and/or balance problems include: 

  • Inner ear disorders (vertigo)
  • Stroke
  • Head injury
  • Neurological disorders

Frequent or recurring dizziness can diminish a person's independence and quality of life, as well as increase the risk of falling. The Dizziness and Balance Center at Broward Health North is a comprehensive diagnostic and rehabilitation facility for patients with dizziness and/or balance problems. Physical therapists that specialize in neurological and vestibular (inner ear) rehabilitation perform a balance evaluation.

To evaluate and treat patients, the Dizziness and Balance Center uses the SMART Balance Master, a computerized dynamic posturography which is an advanced diagnostic tool developed for NASA. A personalized treatment program is designed for the patient to establish individualized therapy designed for the prevention of falls, improvement of mobility and balance.

A referral from your physician is required for evaluation and treatment.

For more information about our services, please call 954-786-6700.

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