Dizziness and balance disorders

Written by: Dr. Carlos Saga Gutiérrez
Published: | Updated: 11/02/2018
Edited by: Top Doctors®

Dizziness is one of the most common causes of medical consultation in Primary Care: 4 out of every 10 people will suffer an episode of vertigo throughout his life.

Vertigo is a symptom resulting from a malfunction of the system of balance located in the inner ear or its connections in the brain. It is, therefore, a treat patrology has a specialist in otolaryngology . The typical form of manifestation are acute crises in which the patient is suddenly unable to stand with an intense spinning sensation, nausea and vomiting. When the alteration remains chronically clinic is less flashy but just as disabling as the patient has a chronic instability that limits their quality of life and will predisposes to falls.

 

Treatment for vertigo

In our specialty it has produced a breakthrough in technology that allows us to diagnose vertigo. We have computerized dynamic posturography (Smart Balance Master of Neurocom), a leading technology that measures the patient's response to the movement of the platform and computationally analyzing its position, allowing us to diagnose the degree of balance. Furthermore, in the classic team videonystagmography, we have the most advanced system of head impulse (VHIT of Otometrics) with which we can measure the responses of the inner ear to high-speed movements, similar to those we do on a day to day. In this way, we can approximate our methods of analysis to what you really feel sick. This system has proved to be a marker of a turning point in the history of exploration of vertigo.

Our ability to choose the right therapy is based on the programming times sufficient consultation to allow us to listen to the patient and perform more extensive battery of tests possible. The proper application of the right drug or the most advanced surgical techniques are within the usual features of an advanced unit otoneurology, can free the patient from dizzy spells that keep you from planning your life freely.

Chronic instability, gait disorders and preventing falls in the elderly are the second major field of activity of a unit of pathology balance. A complex program of rehabilitation from diagnosis programmed and executed by specialized physiotherapists is changing the expectations of many patients with complex disorders of balance so far, were forced into reducing its dynamic movements, take protective measures against falls and Thus, loss of quality of life.

 

Dizziness, a common condition

The pathologies of the inner ear are the most affect human dimension of the individual, and which directly affect their ability to communicate and functionality while standing. It clacula than 4 in 10 people will suffer an episode of vertigo throughout his life.   However, in most hospitals there is a discrepancy between the frequency unexplained symptom vertigo-imbalance and the amount of time and means used to treat. A specialist in this pathology by appropriate means unit achieved satisfactory results in patients who were now faced up au long pilgrimage by different specialties with poor results.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dr. Carlos Saga Gutiérrez
Otolaringology

Leading specialist in Otolaryngology, Dr. Carlos Gutierrez Saga is an expert in vertigo, balance problems, and in recent years has a special interest in endoscopic techniques. He graduated in Medicine from the University of Navarra and the Basque President of Society of Otolaryngology since 2015, and member of many scientific societies of first level as the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Specialist Polyclinic Gipuzkoa since 1999, combines this activity with the professional work of Optional area specialist at the Hospital of Mendaro. It is also a speaker at numerous courses and conferences.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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