Brain Injury:

Balance and Sensory Problems

Victims of traumatic brain injuries often suffer long-term problems involving the senses and equilibrium. Balance problems in brain injury patients are often considered sensory problems, as they can affect vision and hearing.

Midline Shift Syndrome

Midline shift syndrome, which affects the equilibrium, typically occurs along with post-trauma vision syndrome. Midline shift syndrome symptoms in brain injury patients can include:

  • Trouble keeping balance
  • Inability to walk a straight line
  • Incorrect weight distribution
  • Improper posture
  • Inappropriate gait

Brain injury victims experiencing midline shift syndrome may also complain that the walls are moving in on them or that the horizon is tilted.

Treatment of brain-related balance problems typically depends on the cause of the problem. Brain injury patients may be prescribed medications, instructed to perform balance retraining exercises or advised to change their diet. Midline shift syndrome can also be treated with yoked prism reorientation, which involves using prisms to refocus the brain to regain a sense of balance.

Sensory Problems Following a Brain Injury

Vision problems are the most common type of sensory problems in brain injury patients. TBI patients with vision problems may have trouble recognizing objects and may be unable to register what they are seeing. Other sensory problems experienced by brain injury victims include:

  • Unsteadiness
  • Difficulty driving or operating machinery
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Constant skin tingling, itching or pain
  • Difficulty playing sports
  • Perceived odors
  • Problems with hand-eye coordination

Brain injury patients with sensory problems will be treated according to their individual needs. Treatment for brain-related sensory problems may include rehabilitation to improve function, counseling to help the patient adapt and prescription drugs.

Treatment for brain injuries, which is why many brain injury victims seek compensation for medical bills through a personal injury lawsuit. To find out if you qualify for brain injury lawsuit, fill out our free case review form on the right. A brain injury lawyer will contact you to discuss your potential claim and legal rights.