St. Luke's Hospital Presents Defeat Dizziness! An in-depth look at balance, vertigo and dizziness.

Do you have a problem with the room spinning? Do you have to sit down right after you stand up? If you answered yes, you may benefit from a health talk sponsored by St. Luke's Hospital Rehabilitation Center.

The vestibular system includes the parts of the inner ear and brain that help control balance and eye movements. Vestibular disorders can result if the system is damaged by disease, aging, or injury and are often associated with vertigo, dizziness, imbalance and spatial disorientation.

Not all symptoms will be experienced by every person with an inner ear disorder, and other symptoms are possible. An inner ear disorder may be present even in the absence of obvious or severe symptoms. It is important to note that most of these individual symptoms can also be caused by other unrelated conditions.

The type and severity of symptoms can vary considerably, and be frightening and difficult to describe. People affected by certain symptoms of vestibular disorders may be perceived as inattentive, lazy, overly anxious, or seeking attention. They may have trouble reading or doing simple arithmetic. Functioning in the workplace, going to school, performing routine daily tasks, or just getting out of bed in the morning may be difficult for some people.

Learn more about defeating dizziness and poor balance by attending the discussion led by Jamie Cehlar, DPT, Physical Therapist with St. Luke's Rehabilitation Center on Wednesday, Feb. 25, from 1 - 3 p.m. in the St. Luke's Hospital Library. The program is free and spaces are limited. Please call (828) 894-2408 to reserve your spot. Light refreshments will be served.