It happens without a thought, but maintaining proper balance is quite a complicated system. In order to maintain this balance, many parts of the body’s nervous system must be working properly and communicating efficiently, including:
- Inner ears
- Skin pressure receptors
- Muscle and joint sensory receptors
- Central nervous system (brain and spinal cord)
Because balance is maintained through a series of complex interactions, it can actually be difficult to determine what is malfunctioning. If you are experiencing dizziness, lightheadedness, a spinning sensation, confusion, or blurred vision the first step is to speak with your primary care physician. He or she will begin the process of testing to determine the cause and may refer you to a local neurologist for some aspects of treatment.
Common Tests for Balance Disorders
Tests of Hearing
Many balance disorders are associated with inner ear problems.
Blood Pressure Tests
If your blood pressure drops when you go from a sitting to standing position this may be a sign that your dizziness is caused by a heart condition.
During a posturography test you will try to stand on a moving surface. This test helps to determine the balance systems you most depend on.
This test, in conjunction with videonystagmography, records eye movements.
Rotary Chair Test
During this test your eyes will be observed for a condition called nystagmus, which causes involuntary eye movements. You will be placed in a rotating chair.
Testing such as MRI, CT scans and X-rays are often used to discover if additional medical conditions may be the cause of your dizziness.
This test helps to check for a common type of vertigo. Your doctor will turn your head while monitoring your eye movements to look for a false sense of motion.
Balance Disorder Testing in Southwest Florida
The neurologists of Neuroscience and Spine Associates apply advanced and comprehensive diagnostic testing and treatment plans for those experience balance disorders. We are committed to offering minimally invasive treatment plans to help you get back into the swing of life.
Sources: Mayo Clinic