Dizziness affects 50% of the elderly population, and is the third most common cause of all outpatient visits and the most common reason to visit a physician after age 75. Dizziness is a symptom, not a disease. The word “dizzy” encompasses multiple descriptions of symptoms – lightheadedness, swimming sensation, wooziness, unsteadiness, floating, imbalance, tipping, spinning or vertigo. The causes of dizziness are as varied as their clinical descriptions and can include different structures, from the inner ear to the brain. Feelings of dizziness or vertigo may be caused by an infection or disease in the inner ear. For example, one possible cause is labyrinthitis, which is inflammation of the inner ear. Meniere’s disease and benign positional vertigo are other inner ear problems that can trigger dizziness. Neurological causes of dizziness include multiple sclerosis, stroke, migraine and, rarely, tumors. Dizziness can be caused by fatigue, stress, fever, low blood sugar, anemia, head injury and heart or circulation problems. It can also be caused by some medications. Some psychological problems can cause dizziness. Examples of such problems are depression, agoraphobia (fear of open spaces), and hyperventilation (rapid, shallow breathing that may happen when you are feel anxious).
The Dizziness Clinic Providers
The Dizziness Clinic is under the direction of Rajiv Aggarwal, M.D. Dr. Aggarwal has extensive training and experience in the care and diagnosis of persons with dizziness conditions. Dr. Aggarwal coordinates treatment with Clinic technicians specializing in MRI testing and physical therapists specializing in Vestibular, Balance and Dizziness Assessment and Rehabilitation.
The Dizziness Clinic Services
Treatment for dizziness can vary from a simple adjustment of your medications or vestibular rehabilitation to different medical or surgical approaches. The Dizziness Clinic at the Minneapolis Clinic of Neurology offers detailed clinical evaluation, MRI testing, and Vestibular, Balance and Dizziness Rehabilitation. Conservative management using Vestibular Rehabilitation works by re-training the brain to adapt to and re-organize conflicting signals it receives related to the body’s balance and motion. The treatment of balance dysfunction is based on the appropriate determination of the origin of the dysfunction. Some patients need both vestibular rehabilitation and balance retraining, while others need just one form of therapy.
The Dizziness Clinic Location/Contact Information
If you suffer from dizziness or balance problems, don’t let it hinder your quality of life. Talk to your doctor; or call The Dizziness Clinic at 952-435-8516 for a comprehensive dizziness and balance assessment.