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There are many cause of loss of balance. From an orthopaedic standpoint the main causes are as follows:

woman experiencing dizziness

Leg length discrepancy

It is surprisingly common to have one leg shorter than the other. It may affect us at any age. Again surprisingly, it can often present later in life. Walking with a discrepancy causes a rolling action and loss of balance.

Damaged or painful lower limb

If arthritis affects a joint, or there is instability in the ankle, knee or hip then we are usually unwilling to put weight on the affected leg. We then have to lean over to compensate for this and as a result, there is a lack of balance occurring.

Stiff or painful neck

If the neck does not move well, in an attempt to rotate the head either left or right to help with the pain, the movement  will be incomplete and may result in dizziness.

Loss of sensation

There are many reasons why nerves may stop working properly. We rely on billions of nerve impulses to the brain to tell us where we are in time and space. We call this propri-reception. Without these continual messages ‘feeding back’ to correct out head position, we would lose balance.

Some of the reasons why nerves may stop working include:

  • Trapped nerves that don’t function properly and need to be released.
  • Advancing age which may result in deteriorating nerve function.
  • Medical problems like poor circulation or Diabetes.

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