Balance, and vertigo, or dizziness problems are common in MS and their management can be difficult. These symptoms are caused by lesions in the areas that coordinate visual, spatial and other input needed to produce and maintain equilibrium. Balance and dizziness may present as symptoms of a relapse, or may be permanent, and can pose increased safety risk for falls.
Some balance problems can be overcome with a walking aid. Walking aids should only be used with the instruction of a trained professional to ensure proper gait alignment. A home assessment for safety conducted by an occupational therapist can be helpful to identify potential hazards and to suggest strategies for a safe approach to activities of daily living.
Key Healthcare Professionals
- MS nurse
- Occupational therapist