Overview

What Are Dizziness and Balance Disorders?

People can experience dizziness or feeling off-balance in a variety of ways. The sensation has been described as being lightheaded, heavy-headed, unsteady, spinning or feeling motion sick, even when not moving.

Dizziness

Dizziness is not a disease itself, but a symptom of another underlying condition. When you feel dizzy, you likely feel one of two sensations:

  • Lightheadedness: A feeling that you may pass out
  • Vertigo: A feeling that your surrounding is spinning, even if it is not moving

Balance disorders

A balance disorder is a disturbance that makes you feel unsteady, woozy or have the sensation of moving, spinning or floating.

The board-certified neurologists at Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital are trained in the diagnosis and treatment of nervous system disorders, including diseases of the brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles. They diagnose and treat patients with a full range of neurological disorders, including dizziness and balance disorders.


Dizziness and Balance Program at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital
The Dizziness and Balance Program at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital is a collaborative program between physicians*, healthcare providers and licensed physical therapists to help patients with balance disorders, dizziness, a history of falling or walking problems. They are dedicated to the treatment and management of dizziness and related balance safety concerns so patients can return to an independent lifestyle.


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In the spirit of keeping you well-informed, the physician(s) identified are neither agents nor employees of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare or any of its affiliate organizations. They have selected our facilities as places where they want to treat and care for their private patients.