The Vestibular System
The primary role of the vestibular, or balance, system is to help us interact and maintain contact with our surroundings in a safe and efficient way. We gather information through visual, somatosensory (sensations like touch) and vestibular (balance and motion) senses, which are processed by the brain.
As we move through the environment, our visual and somatosensory reference information constantly changes, but our balance and motion reference stays the same. As long as this equilibrium is maintained, we move freely with little thought to balance.
When a sensory conflict occurs from a medical condition or injury, the brain must quickly adjust, and vertigo (a spinning sensation), dizziness or a sense of imbalance may result.
Specialists in Balance Disorders
Balance problems can impair your mobility, social interactions and quality of life. Wake Forest Baptist physicians specialize in treating all types of balance disorders, so that you can resume a healthy, active life.