Winter is coming and it has its ups and downs, literally. Walking on snow and ice has taken many people down in accidental falls. But there are many other causes beside slippery sidewalks that can make you feel off-kilter. Certain medications, inner ear issues and even an upper respiratory infection can cause you to lose your balance, and we can help you figure it out without the extra step of a doctor’s prescription.

Specialists at the Peter B. Lewis Aquatics & Therapy Center suggest you take heed if you have any of the following conditions:

• An inner ear infection

• Meniere’s disease (increased fluid volume and pressure in your ear that can cause dizziness, ringing in your ears and eventually hearing loss)

• Muscle weakness from lack of exercise or other reasons

• Inflammation from the flu or allergies, sinus infection

• Labyrinthitis (an inner ear disorder affecting your spatial navigation and balance control)

• Failing eyesight

• Neuropathy in your feet and lower legs (weakness, pain or, numbness due to pressure or damage to peripheral nerves)

• Arthritis in your hips, knees, or ankles

• Vertigo

If you are experiencing any type of balance issues, we are here for you. Our therapists help you by evaluating your risk of falling and discussing options to reduce that risk.

We also offer free balance screenings for an overall balance assessment.

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