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Balance Disorder/Dizziness in Princeton and Monroe, NJ

Feeling off balance or dizzy can not only be frightening, but dangerous in certain circumstances. If you experience dizziness or an off-balance feeling, receiving an accurate diagnosis from board-certified otolaryngologist Dr. Scott Kay, FACS, of Princeton Otolaryngology Associates in the Central New Jersey area, including Princeton, Monroe and Plainsboro, should be your first move.

What are Balance Disorders/Dizziness?

Balance disorders and dizziness can refer to any one of a number of conditions that make you feel as though you or your surroundings are moving when, in fact, there is no motion. A few of the things you might experience if you feel dizzy or off balance include:

  • The feeling that the area around you is spinning
  • A sensation that your own head or body is spinning
  • The feeling that you are walking on a moving surface
  • Lightheadedness or fullness in the head

These symptoms are often accompanied by other conditions such as nausea, headaches, ringing in the ears, or a loss of sensation in the arms and legs. Everyone experiences dizziness on occasion; however, when it often recurs or persists for an extended period, it can be cause for concern. Chronic dizziness or off balance feelings often indicate an underlying condition that must be addressed; otherwise, your risk of falls and accidents are greatly increased.

What Causes Balance Disorders/Dizziness?

Several things can cause balance disorders or dizziness, a few of which are:

  • Ear infections
  • Head injuries
  • Certain medications
  • Eye muscle imbalances
  • Stroke
  • Migraines
  • Loose crystals in the inner ear

Benefits of Balance Disorder/Dizziness Treatment

Although many people tend to think being dizzy or off balance is normal, these feelings can actually be cause for concern in many cases. Not only that, but simple activities such as driving, climbing stairs or bending may be difficult as well. Treating balance disorders can help you prevent and control more serious health problems, in addition to restoring your quality of life.

How are Balance Disorders/Dizziness Treated?

That will depend on what is causing your balance disorder. If an underlying condition is causing you to feel off balance or dizzy, that condition must be treated if you are to improve.This could be secondary to infection in which case either antibiotics, antivirals, and/or anti-inflammatory agents might help.  In the case of vestibular migraines there are several medical treatments available.  If Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) is the problem canalith repositioning maneuvers could be performed that would cure this condition.  In the case of a peripheral vestibulopathy, physical therapy, in the form of vestibular rehabilitation, would be helpful. Certain medications may cause dizziness, in which case changing your prescription might be recommended. Dr. Kay may also recommend changes to your diet or lifestyle.

Preparing for Balance Disorder/Dizziness Treatment

This will depend on the type of treatment needed. You will be given instructions prior to any procedure(s).

Balance Disorder/Dizziness Treatment Recovery

The recovery period will be different for each procedure. Our staff will provide you with instructions as to what you should do during your recovery period whenever you visit our office.

How Much Does Balance Disorder/Dizziness Treatment Cost?

This also varies, based on what is causing your condition. During your consultation, we’ll discuss the cost and try to determine what insurance benefits are available to you. You’ll also be advised about our payment options, which include cash, personal checks, major credit cards and CareCredit® financing.

Is Balance Disorder/Dizziness Treatment Right for Me?

If you feel dizzy or off balance on a regular basis, you should contact us immediately, especially if your condition persists more than just a few seconds. Chronic dizziness or off balance feelings can indicate a serious health problem that will only get worse over time without proper care.

Why Choose Princeton Otolaryngology Associates for Balance Disorders/Dizziness Treatment?

As a board certified otolaryngologist, Dr. Scott Kay has the well-rounded knowledge needed to diagnose and treat all causes of balance disorders and dizziness whenever they result from an ear, nose or throat problem. Since a referral to another specialist is rarely required, you can have all your needs taken care of by one professional, thereby ensuring the best possible treatment.

What to Expect During Your Consultation for Balance Disorder/Dizziness Treatment

You will receive a thorough examination of your ears, nose and throat to determine the cause of your dizziness. We will collect a complete health history, including a list of current medications, to aid in the diagnosis. Dr. Kay may also recommend certain tests to help determine the cause or to rule out more serious conditions.

If you regularly feel off balance or dizzy, you don’t have to simply put up with it. Dr. Scott Kay of the Central New Jersey area, is a top-notch otolaryngologist who can treat a number of root causes safely and effectively. Contact his clinic to schedule your consultation. We see patients throughout the Central New Jersey area, including the communities of Princeton, Monroe and Plainsboro.

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