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Balance Disorder Conditions

Conditions that we diagnose and treat at the UPMC Center for Balance Disorders include:

  • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo ​(BPPV)
  • Bilateral vestibular loss
  • Chiari malformation
  • Disequilibrium of aging
  • Dizziness relating to:
    • Migraine headaches
    • Multiple sclerosis
    • Anxiety disorders/Persistent postural-perceptual dizziness (PPPD)
  • Drop attacks
  • Fainting (syncope)
  • Labyrinthine concussion
  • Mal de debarquement syndrome
  • Meniere’s disease (endolymphatic hydrops)
  • Multisensory disequilibrium
  • Neck dizziness (cervicogenic)
  • Orthostatic tremor
  • Ototoxicity
  • Stroke
  • Superior semicircular canal dehiscence syndrome
  • Vertigo
  • Vestibular neuritis

Diagnosing Balance Disorders

Balance disorders are common problems with potentially troubling effects. Because many different conditions can cause a balance disorder, doctors must first determine its origin in order to prescribe the best treatment.

Balance Disorder Signs and Symptoms

Some common symptoms of balance disorders include:

  • Easily tired
  • Consistent dizziness
  • Anxious about doing some simple things such as walking in a mall or grocery store
  • Increased dizziness with head or body movements
  • Fear of falling
  • Increased chance of motion-sickness, especially in the back seat of a car
  • Unsteadiness when walking – often using the wall as an aid
  • Vertigo or a consistent feeling of spinning
  • Blurry or jumpy vision
  • Slow walking pace
  • Difficulty with analytical thinking and memory retention