Balance, Dizziness and Gait
DizzinessDizziness: also known as light-headedness, vertigo, or presyncope, is the sensation of being off-balance and is often characterized by frequent falls in a specific direction.
Gait AtaxiaGait Ataxia: a deviation from normal walking. Watching a patient walk is the most important part of a neurological examination because difficulties with walking may signal any number of common problems in the musculoskeletal system. Visit Ataxia Connect for a non-profit support forum
Vertigo: a form of dizziness that includes the sudden sensation that a person is spinning or that the inside of the head is spinning. It can cause nausea, vomiting, or difficulties with standing or walking due to imbalance. The signs of vertigo can come and go and are often brought on by a change in the head’s position. In many cases, no particular cause of vertigo can be determined but in others, it can be tracked to a blow to the head or damage to the ear. Migraines are often also associated with vertigo.
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