23 Things You Might Not Know About Dizziness & Imbalance Disorders!
1.In 1994, 11 million physician visits for dizziness were recorded.
2.In 1988, dysequilibrium was the second most common diagnosis for Medicare hospital admission, with an average of 4.3 days.
3.50% of patients complaining of dizziness in a primary care setting do not get a diagnosis.
4.70% of patients complaining of dizziness in a primary care setting get a prescription for Meclizine.
5.Meclizine is known to hinder the natural vestibular compensation process.
6.Most medication geared toward treating the symptoms of dizziness and dysequilibrium (vestibular suppressant, anti-emetics, anti-cholinergics, sedatives, and tranquilizers) hinder the natural vestibular compensation process.
7.Meclizine has the slowing effect on reaction time equal to a blood alcohol level of .04 and .06
8.Reduced reaction time is a leading cause of falls in the elderly.
9.Vestibular abnormalities are found in 50 percent of fallers.
10.Falls lead to over 200,000 injuries and hospitalization.
11.5-10% of initial visits to physicians involves a complaint of dizziness.
12.40% of all people over the age of 40 will experience a dizziness disorder during their lifetime. (National Institute of Health).
13.Every year 1/3 to 1/2 of the population over the age of 65 experience falls. Falls are the leading cause of injury in older adults. Half of the elderly people who fall do so repeatedly.
14.Blows to the head and whiplash are frequent causes of vestibular disorders.
15.85% of patients undergoing a vestibular rehab program will report partial to complete relief of dizziness or balance problems.
16.Patients perceive the impact of dizziness on their lives as More Severe than their physicians.
17.Computerized Dynamic Posturography, “CDP”, offers a quantitative measure of a patient’s balance under various sensory conditions and certain abnormalities may indicate a functional component to a patients balance complaint.
18.Vestibular Autorotation Testing, “VAT”, is an efficient, accurate test of the horizontal and vertical vestibulo-ocular reflex (VOR) that approximates normal head movement.
19.Vestibular rehabilitation works: Functional Outcome of Vestibular Rehabilitation in Patients with Abnormal Sensory-Organization Testing”
20.Patients who receive Vestibular Rehabilitation are safer, more active and more confident.
21.The Balance Institute of Indiana is one of two facilities of its kind in Indiana.
22.Patients seen at The Balance Institute of Indiana report >89% subjective improvement of their symptoms and average 6 visits per diagnosis.
23.All therapists at The Balance Institute of Indiana are competency certified in Vestibular Rehabilitation.
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