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COVID-19/Coronavirus Update

Overview of the virus

COVID-19 is an illness caused by a new strain of coronavirus. It is believed to spread in ways similar to the common cold—such as through coughs, sneezes, or handshakes. We are following established infection prevention protocols and remain prepared to care for patients. We have trained and practiced for these scenarios. When you enter our clinic, you may see certain staff members wearing masks. This is a preventative measure. Patients who exhibit any respiratory symptoms will also be asked to wear masks and will be rescheduled for non-emergent appointments.

Important Information about your upcoming appointment:

Keep Your Scheduled Appointments

You should not avoid seeking necessary care out of concerns about COVID-19 and you should keep your appointments unless otherwise instructed by your physician. However, if you are experiencing symptoms or think you've been exposed to COVID-19, call your doctor before going to your appointment.

If We Need to Reschedule

Your Appointment
As things evolve, we may reach out to reschedule clinic visits or procedures. In the event that we need to reschedule your appointment, we will call you.

Keep Taking Your Medications

We recommend that you continue taking all medications, as prescribed, unless otherwise instructed by your physician. Contact your physician if you have questions. While you are visiting our office, please remember to follow the CDC’s guidelines concerning social distancing and hand hygiene to protect yourself and others.

EFFECTIVE 3/23/2020 - 4/9/2020:

We will be reducing our office hours and will be open from 8am-2pm. If you have an urgent matter outside of these hours, please call 911. If you need to speak with us about a non-urgent matter, please call our office between the hours of 8am-2pm.

Dizziness and unsteadiness do not feel the same to everyone. Symptoms range from lightheadedness to feeling as if the world is spinning. It’s important to understand exactly what’s going on when you’re feeling “dizzy” or “off-balance.”

Common Balance Disorders Associated with Dizziness

Vertigo

The feeling of motion when there is no motion. About half of all dizziness complaints are vertigo.

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)

The sudden sensation that you’re spinning or that the inside of your head is spinning. May occur when you turn your head to look over your shoulder.

Visual Vertigo

Vertigo symptoms are provoked or aggravated by specific visual contexts such as exposure bright lights, driving etc.

Lightheadedness

Also called near syncope, lightheadedness is the feeling that you are about to faint. Often felt after standing up too quickly.

Disequilibrium

People with disequilibrium feel unsteady on their feet or feel like they are going to fall.

Vestibular Neuritis (Labyrinthitis)

A disorder that affects the nerve of the inner ear called the vestibulocochlear nerve. Results in symptoms as dizziness and vertigo.

Meniere’s Disease

A disorder of the inner ear that can affect hearing and balance. It is characterized by episodes of vertigo, low-pitched tinnitus (a ringing or buzzing in the ear), and hearing loss.

Perilymph Fistula

An abnormal opening between the air-filled middle ear and the fluid-filled inner ear. Its most notable symptom, beyond dizziness and nausea, is unsteadiness when walking or standing.

Cerebellar Ataxia Syndromes

People with ataxia have problems with coordination stemming from damage to parts of the nervous system. Ataxia may affect the fingers, hands, arms, legs, body, speech, and eye movements.

Migraine-Associated Dizziness

Dizziness and headache are individually very common medical conditions. Yet a physician must determine whether the dizziness and headaches are independent or related to each other, and whether they are a manifestation of migraine.

Are You at Risk of Falling?

An estimated one in every three adults age 65 and older experience a fall — which may result in serious injury and loss of independence. To determine if you may be at risk for a fall, take our 15-question balance survey by clicking the link below.

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