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What Neurological Disorders Cause Balance Issues?

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Balance issues are common among older adults and have various causes. As we age, our ability to do normal things like walking begins to change. An improper stride can affect our balance. Balance issues also often spark other symptoms as well like feeling nauseous, faint, and being unsteady. Balance issues are also often a symptom of other health conditions. Neurological disorders are among some of the more common reasons behind balance issues. If you are experiencing prolonged balance issues contact our neurologist in Suffolk County at Nassau Suffolk Neurology today!

Neurological Disorders

The nervous system is made up of the brain, spinal cord, and nerves which carry messages back and forth to each other. When one part of the system experiences issues, it affects the others. 

Signs and Causes of Balance Problems

Balance issues can be the result of several conditions. The cause is usually related to the specific sign or symptom.

Sense of motion or spinning- this usually indicates vertigo, which can also be associated with a few different conditions. This includes: 

  • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)- this is when calcium crystals in your ear, which help with balance, shift from their normal position. 
  • Vestibular neuritis- an inflammatory disorder, this can also affect the nerves in the balance of your inner ear.
  • Migraine- causes dizziness and sensitivity to motion
  • Acoustic Neuroma- a benign tumor that develops on a nerve affecting your hearing and balance.
  • Heady Injury- vertigo can also occur as a result of a concussion or other injury to the head. 

Loss of balance or unsteadiness- loss of balance or unsteadiness can be a result of:

  • Vestibular problems- this refers to abnormalities in the inner ear, which can cause the sensation of the heavy or floating head and lack of steadiness in the dark. 
  • Certain neurological conditions- like cervical spondylosis and Parkinson’s disease.

Falling or feeling like you might fall

Feeling a floating sensation or dizziness

  • Inner ear problems- when abnormalities of the vestibular system occur, it can lead to a floating sensation or false sense of motion.

Neurologist in Suffolk County

With over 15 years of experience, our neurologist Dr. Anthony Adamo can provide you with balance testing to help determine the underlying issue. Many things can cause balance issues such as age, accidents, or disorders and can result in many symptoms. If you are experiencing balance issues, contact Nassau Suffolk Neurology today!