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Dizziness and Balance Disorders

That light headed feeling is not always just in your head. It is easy for us to take our sense of balance for granted. Most of the time we are able to actively participate in a wide variety of challenging activities without difficulty.

There are times, however, when our sense of balance feels "off." We might feel lightheaded, woozy, wobbly, or dizzy. We might feel dizzy when we look up, bend over, lie down or roll over in bed. We might feel unsteady anytime we are on our feet or only when we are in a grocery store or in a room full of people. These feelings can make everyday activities frightening as well as dangerous.

Dizziness or Vertigo 

Dizziness or vertigo is commonly caused by a problem in the inner ear while balance problems can be caused by many factors including vision, arthritis, neurological conditions, or decreased sensation in the feet, to name a few.

If you have experienced symptoms of dizziness or unsteadiness, you should contact your physician. They will be able to assist you in identifying the possible cause (or causes) of your symptoms and can most accurately help you to manage them.

In most cases, the Mercy Center for Dizziness and Balance Disorders may be able to assist you and your physician in improving or at least controlling your symptoms of dizziness and/or steadiness.

How We Can Help

The certified and trained physical therapists located at Mercy's Center for Dizziness and Balance Disorders can perform a thorough and comprehensive evaluation designed to identify strengths and weaknesses of your balance system. They will involve you in designing a symptom-specific, individualized program of guidelines and exercises to control your independence.

With a  referral from your physician, the physical therapists at the Mercy Center for Dizziness and Balance Disorders can help you control symptoms of dizziness, strengthen you balance and resume a safer, more active lifestyle.

For more information on Mercy's Center for Dizziness and Balance Disorders, call (319) 398-6020.