Unsteadiness Specialist

Complete Neurological Care

Adult and Child Neurology & Epileptology located in New York & New Jersey

If you or a loved one experiences unsteadiness or balance problems, the expert neurologists at Complete Neurological Care can help. They diagnose the cause of unsteadiness and treat it to reduce your risk of falls. Call one of the many offices in New York City – Forest Hills and Astoria, Queens, and the Financial District, Midtown, and Washington Heights in Manhattan – or the offices in Valley Stream or Hicksville, New York, or Passaic, New Jersey. You can also request an appointment online today.

Unsteadiness Q & A

What is unsteadiness?

Unsteadiness includes balance problems, weakness, numbness, or clumsiness that negatively affects your ability to safely complete everyday tasks. A variety of conditions can cause unsteadiness, some of which are serious. Schedule an evaluation with Complete Neurological Care at the first sign of balance problems.

What are the symptoms of unsteadiness?

Common signs and symptoms of unsteadiness include:

  • Frequent falls
  • Dizziness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Faintness
  • Weakness
  • Inability
  • Feeling like you might fall
  • A sense of spinning
  • Confusion
  • Vision changes
  • Loss of balance
  • Coordination problems 

Unsteadiness on your feet is often dangerous, as it increases your risk of falling down and sustaining head or other injuries.

What causes unsteadiness?

While unsteadiness can happen to anyone, some factors increase your risk of having it. Examples include:

  • Nerve damage
  • Neurological conditions
  • Diabetes
  • Older age
  • Migraines
  • Balance disorders
  • Head injuries
  • Tumors
  • Meniere's disease  
  • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)
  • Vertigo
  • Some medications 
  • Infections
  • Heart issues
  • Inner ear problems
  • Seizures
  • Blood pressure changes

Complete Neurological Care can find the root cause of these symptoms and treat them to improve your quality of life.

How is the cause of unsteadiness diagnosed?

To find out if you have unsteadiness and its severity, a Complete Neurological Care specialist reviews your symptoms and medical history. They complete a comprehensive physical exam and neurological assessment. Your provider may recommend you undergo blood tests, blood pressure and heart rate tests, nerve studies, imaging procedures, or other diagnostic tests.

What are common treatments for unsteadiness?

Common treatments available at Complete Neurological Care for unsteadiness include:

Diet and lifestyle changes

Diet and lifestyle changes that help with unsteadiness include limiting sodium, caffeine, alcohol, and certain ingredients. You might also wear compression stockings and drink more fluids.

Balance exercises

Your neurologist shows you which balance training exercises to complete to improve balance, help you feel more steady on your feet, and reduce the risk of falls.

Medications

Taking medications can reduce vertigo and other underlying causes of unsteadiness. 

IV therapy

IV therapy at Complete Neurological Care infuses medications, vitamins, or other nutrients into your bloodstream to reduce symptoms of neurological problems.

Surgery

In some cases, for example, if you have Meniere's disease or a tumor, your specialist may recommend a surgical procedure.

Don’t live with unsteadiness putting you at risk of falls and injuries. Schedule an evaluation with Complete Neurological Care by phone or request one online today.