Dizziness, Imbalance and Stroke


A stroke is a cerebrovascular event that interrupts blood supply to the brain. According to the American Stroke Association, stroke that affects the brainstem may result in severe dizziness, vertigo and imbalance without the hallmark symptoms of stroke. Furthermore, any stroke that affects the vestibular system can result in dizziness and vertigo. Stroke further lends itself to imbalance by impairing the strength, control and proprioception of the body, typically on one side. The American Stroke Association report that up to 40% of stroke patients experience a fall within a year of hospital discharge.


Vestibular Management with Stroke:

Dizziness, imbalance and fall prevention can be addressed via vestibular rehabilitation and balance retraining therapy as prescribed by a physical therapist. Refer to this link for more information regarding vestibular rehabilitation and balance retraining therapy: