Post Traumatic Balance Disorder
Suffering from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can have severe side effects. One severe side effects that many people tend to gloss over is loss of balance. When someone has sustained a TBI and experiences issues with balance, this is known as a post traumatic balance disorder.
What Are The Causes?
Balance issues can occur from a number of things ranging from an underlying issue following the TBI to various medications.
Here is a list of a few common causes of post traumatic balance disorder:
Medication – Some medications are notorious for causing balance issues such as anti-seizures, blood pressure medication and heart medications.
Low Blood Pressure – Low blood pressure, or postural hypotension, often makes a person feel dizzy and lightheaded. This mainly occurs when you get up too fast from a seat or from bed.
Impaired Vision – Sight is actually one of the most important senses when it comes to maintaining balance. Issues like blurry vision, seeing double and loss of vision end up making your loss of balance worse.
If you experience any balance problems as listed above, seek medical attention immediately.
With there being so many causes to a post traumatic balance disorder, each one may require a different form of treatment. Some forms of treatment include testing your limits by seeing how far you can move your body without using your feet, practice walking in specific conditions and doing activities that are known for improving balance. These activities may include walking long distances and keeping up with someone else’s pace.
If you’re experiencing balance issues that don’t resolve spontaneously, time is of the essence. Any type of balance problems could be a precursor to a more serious medical condition. Contact the Balance and Dizziness Center for more information.
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