According to statistics from the National Institutes of Health, over 90 million Americans, many of whom are between the ages of 65 and 75, have experienced dizziness or balance problems. About one-third of people older than 65 fall each year. Falls are the No. 1 cause of emergency room visits for all age groups. Nationally, falls are the leading cause of injury death in people older than age 65.
Causes of Dizziness and Balance Problems
There are many different causes of dizziness and balance disorders, including neurological conditions, problems with the inner ear, and even headaches and concussions.
Whatever the cause, dizziness and balance problems can interfere with a person's daily activities. They can affect the ability to work and even restrict the ability to travel.
Fortunately, the occupational and physical therapists at Randolph Health can help.
Our Balance Rehabilitation Program uses the most advanced technology and treatment to improve the quality of life for those with balance and dizziness problems.
Our multi-pronged approach uses physical and occupational therapy and entails:
- Creating an exercise program specific to your needs.
- Use of advanced equipment from NeuroCom that was initially developed to test NASA astronauts' balance through the challenges of zero gravity.
- Advanced therapeutic treatments, including aquatic therapy.
- Education related to the problem causing your dizziness or balance disorder.
- Additional training in functional activities available through the Activities of Daily Living Lab—an area where patients can get reacclimated to everyday tasks in the home, such as washing clothes or dishes, getting in and out of bed, and going to the restroom.