Care of the Patient with Dysequilibrium

  • Pamela S. Tronetti


Equilibrium is the secure knowledge of one’s position in space, despite the motion of the body or objects around it. Maintenance of equilibrium depends on the coordination of the visual, labyrinthine, proprioceptive, and cerebellar systems, which are integrated through the cerebral cortex. If any are interrupted (e.g., a patched eye, numb foot, or when the brain is under the influence of alcohol), dysequilibrium ensues. Conversely, equilibrium can be enhanced through repetition or practice. Balance can be maintained despite extreme stress on these systems.


Semicircular Canal Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo Acoustic Neuroma Endolymphatic Hydrops Vestibular Rehabilitation 
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