Do You Have a Balance Problem?

Do you find yourself stumbling more often, or feeling dizzy without knowing why? You’re invited to Dr. Paul Burk’s practice, Ear Nose Throat And Balloon Sinuplasty with St. Luke’s Hospital, in West Chesterfield MO, to get the professional care you need and get to the bottom of your balance problem.

Balance problems in advanced adulthood can stem from many reasons. Here are a few ways to know if there is a problem with the balance present:

There's liquid in the inner ear

Are you experiencing an earache? Also known as labyrinthitis, this inflammation is caused by infection or injury in the ear. When one ear has fluid in it, and the other does not, this fosters imbalance and vertigo.

Changes in gait

As the body begins to age, patients find that their orientation in space changes. Individuals start to feel unsteady, and there is an uneasiness due to the fear of falling. Do you feel like you can’t seem to get your bearings?

Loss of motion

For those who were previously athletes, old sports injuries can restrict the range of motion. This, in turn, can affect change in balance.

Balance disorders

These disorders have several symptoms in common:

  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Feeling like you are going to fall or actual falling


Eating well and drinking plenty of water daily helps to stave off dehydration. Lack of water in the body causes the blood pressure to go down, and patients begin to feel dizzy as a result. Many doctors recommend 6-8 glasses of water a day to help your body feel better. When dehydrated, foods with some sodium will help the liquids stay in your system longer.

Explore your options in treating your balance problems with a visit to Dr. Paul Burk in West Chesterfield, MO. Contact Ear Nose Throat and Balloon Sinuplasty with St. Luke’s Hospital at (314) 477-4995 to make an appointment.

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