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If you’re a clumsy person, the chances are that you’re used to people laughing at your long-limbed leaps. We all like to laugh at that person who falls over often. There is something inherently funny about it. As long as no one gets hurt, of course.
But, what happens if you’re the person in question? You may laugh along and assume that clumsiness is ‘just part of who you are’, but is that the right way to go? In reality, conditions like these aren’t often the comic and worry-free issues we make them out to be. ‘Clumsiness’ isn’t a personality trait in itself after all.
Instead, there’s often a reason behind your recurrent falls. Far from a laughing matter, then, this could be a sure sign of something serious going on behind the scenes. Rather than brushing your trips under the carpet, it may be worth asking yourself whether any of the following issues are to blame.
Before you go into panic mode, bear in mind that issues of clumsiness often come down to little more than an inability to see. If you can’t see where you’re going, is it any surprise you trip over all the time? Bear in mind that we mean this in a general sense. Even on a smooth surface, you may well trip up because you can’t see where you’re stepping. If you fall because you missed obstacles which shouldn’t have been there, the matter becomes one of premises liability, and you should contact lawyers like Emroch and Kilduff to fight your corner. If, however, you’re falling over nothing more than your own feet, or a curb you should see coming, it’s past time to get an eye check. With glasses in tow, you may find that clumsiness no longer needs to be part of who you are.
Bouts of dizziness are another leading cause of falls. Sadly, these have more severe implications. Sudden dizzy spells could be due to anything from low blood pressure to dementia. In some cases, they can even indicate heart disease. And, guess what? Dizziness can lead to regular falls. It’s difficult to talk in a straight line when your head is spinning, after all. Consider, then, how you feel before your falls. Do you get dizzy or lightheaded? If yes, it’s past time you went to a doctor to explore any possible cause.
A little off-balance
Regular falls could also be a sign of issues with balance. There are many reasons why you may experience this, and more of them originate in your ears. Even a simple issue with hearing could play games with your sense of balance. Issues such as labyrinthitis also commonly cause balance issues. This can also contribute to the dizzy spells we mentioned above. The good news is, there are simple tests to judge whether the skewed balance is behind clumsiness. If you suspect this may be the case, you should again book an appointment with your doctor to clear things up.