The problem we aim to address is failure at the level of the sensory inputs or at the integration of the sensory information by the central nervous system may lead to a variety of balance disorders across the age span and will affect up to 30–40% of the population by 60 years of age. About a quarter of those affected will have to take time off work, and there is a large socioeconomic cost for these disorders when untreated. However, because of complexity of the balance control mechanisms, patients with balance disorders may have to see several physicians at primary and secondary care level, who may lack an in-depth understanding of balance disorders, before a correct diagnosis is made. They may thus remain without a correct diagnosis and without appropriate treatment for very long periods of time.
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