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Phoenix Chiropractor | Phoenix chiropractic care | AZ | Balance Problems

Dr. James Koop

Functional Neurology Chiropractor


Balance Problems
  • Dizziness:
    • Vertigo (spinning or other illusion of movement such as tilting, floating, or impulsion). Vertigo is generally caused by an inner ear disturbance, but can also be cause by a central (brain) disturbance. 
    • Lightheaded sensation, impending faint. Lightheadedness is generally caused by low blood pressure, and may be associated with orthostatic hypotension or syncope.
    • Confusion. Generally caused by metabolic (blood chemistry) disturbances.
    • Spatial discomfort. This category encompasses all types of dizziness not specifically covered by the above, and is especially applicable to dizziness caused by psychiatric disorders.
  • Imbalance: Unsteadiness leading to increased risk of fall. Imbalance commonly accompanies dizziness, but can also be independant. There are a large number of individual causes of imbalance.
  • Drop attack: unprovoked fall without loss of consiousness
  • Hearing disorder: Hearing disorders commonly accompany dizziness caused by ear disorders. They are also common in individuals over the age of 50, with any type of dizziness.
  • Overview: These words are often used in a general way and cover a large number of categories of disease. One must be more specific in order to narrow down to a smaller potential subset of disorders.

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    Causes of Dizziness.

    Overview: The proportion of dizziness attributed to these categories varies considerably, but roughly 50% of all dizziness is caused by inner ear disturbances, about 5% by medical and neurological problems each, about 15% by psychological disturbances, and the remainder of patients (about 25%) the diagnosis is essentially unknown.

    Causes of Imbalance

    Overview: In dizzy patients, most imbalance is caused by inner ear disturbances. When dizziness is not present, most imbalance is central.  In older patients, multisensory disturbances are the most common. In younger patients, central problems are more common.

    Causes of Hearing DisturbancesAudiogram

    Overview: The great majority of hearing disturbances are sensorineural, either associated with aging or noise exposure. Conductive hearing losses can generally be fixed by surgery. Central hearing losses are very rare. Psychological hearing losses are also very uncommon.

    Phoenix Chiropractor | Balance Problems. Dr. James Koop is a Phoenix Chiropractor.