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Balance Problem Statistics and Questionairre
Approximately 8 million people visit their doctor for treatment of dizziness annually.
According to the National Institutes of Health, 40-50 percent of people over the age of 40 experience dizziness or balance problems at some point in their lifetime.
Falls are the leading cause of injuries in people age 65 and older in the United States.
Of all falls suffered by older adults, 50 percent can be attributed to some degree of vestibular dysfunction.
BPPV is a very common vestibular disorder with an incidence of one in every five people with vertigo. BPPV stands for Benign, Paroxysmal (sudden, without warning)
Positional (in response to movement of the head) Vertigo (abnormal sensation of movement).
Take the Balance Test
If you answer “yes” to one or more of the following questions, you may have a balance problem.
Have you fallen more than once in the past year?
Do you have frequent dizziness, vertigo or balance problems?
Have you ever had a sudden/unexplained bout of dizziness?
Have you noticed new problems with head movements or position changes?
Have you experienced a stroke or other neurological problem that has affected your balance?
Do you experience numbness or loss of sensation in your legs and/or feet that affect your balance?
Do you use a walker or wheelchair, or need assistance to get around?
Do you need to hold onto walls or furniture as you walk around your house?
Do you feel unsteady when you are walking?