Dizziness Handicap Quiz

Dizziness Handicap Quiz

Dizziness and related vertigo are a common reported complaint affecting 15 to 35% of adults. With a range of symptoms and causes, the dizziness handicap quiz can let you know how severe your condition is and the resultant effect on your quality of life.

dizziness handicap quiz

Symptoms are often described ass feeling faint, unsteady, woozy or weak with disturbed or impaired spatial orientation. The diagnosis is often difficult because these symptoms are nonspecific and there is a broad range of differential diagnosis. It is often a cause of disability and inability to work.

This is a questionnaire that can be a great help in evaluating clinical status and monitoring progress of the patient. It is the most popular questionnaire used in primary care and was developed in 1990. It can assess disability grade and consists of 25 items designed to assess dizziness into three domains: Physical, emotional and functional.

1. Does looking up increase your problem?


2. Because of your problem, do you feel frustrated?


3. Because of your problem, do you restrict your travel for business or recreation?


4. Does walking down the aisle of a supermarket increase your problems?


5. Because of your problem, do you have difficulty getting into or out of bed?


6. Does your problem significantly restrict your participation in social activities, such as going out to dinner, going to the movies, dancing, or going to parties?


7. Because of your problem, do you have difficulty reading?


8. Does performing more ambitious activities such as sports, dancing, household chores (sweeping or putting dishes away) increase your problems?


9. Because of your problem, are you afraid to leave your home without having without having someone accompany you?


10. Because of your problem have you been embarrassed in front of others?


11. Do quick movements of your head increase your problem?


12. Because of your problem, do you avoid heights?


13. Does turning over in bed increase your problem?


14. Because of your problem, is it difficult for you to do strenuous homework or yard work?


15. Because of your problem, are you afraid people may think you are intoxicated?


16. Because of your problem, is it difficult for you to go for a walk by yourself?


17. Does walking down a sidewalk increase your problem?


18. Because of your problem, is it difficult for you to concentrate


19. Because of your problem, is it difficult for you to concentrate


20. Because of your problem, are you afraid to stay home alone?


21. Because of your problem, do you feel handicapped?


22. Has the problem placed stress on your relationships with members of your family or friends?


23. Because of your problem, are you depressed?


24. Does your problem interfere with your job or household responsibilities?


25. Does bending over increase your problem?


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A 2015 study in the Scandinavian Journal found subgroups of patients with whiplash associated disorder, whiplash associated disorder, multi-sensory, chronic peripheral vestibular disorder, unspecific dizziness, phobic postural vertigo, and dizziness of cervical origin. Phobic postural vertigo had the highest total score, while the vestibular group had the lowest one. Elderly patients have more disturbances in balance than younger patients, however, they have a lower level of self-perceived handicap.

Often, patients that show signs of dizziness have coexisting mental symptoms. Panic disorder, anxiety and depression are diagnosed with greater frequency in dizzy patients than non-dizzy.

We have discusses neck related dizziness and treatment including vestibular problems. The dizziness handicap quiz can help determine the extent of the problem and monitor progress of rehabilitation and therapy. Your primary care provider is the first line in seeking help and determining cause. It may be as simple as medications you are taking and may include more than one diagnosis.

According to a 2017 Swiss Medical Weekly, some of the most common causes are:

  • acute and chronic vestibular syndromes
  • vestibular neuritis
  • benign paroxysmal positional vertigo
  • endolymphatic hydrops and Menière’s disease
  • vestibular paroxysmia and vestibular migraine
  • cardiac causes
  • transient ischaemic attacks and strokes
  • episodic ataxia type 2
  • persistent postural-perceptual dizziness
  • bilateral vestibulopathy
  • degenerative
  • autoimmune and neoplastic diseases
  • upbeat- and downbeat nystagmus

A 2021 study in Frontiers in Neurology found in adults 60 and older with dizziness, most patients reported swaying (60.6%) and feeling of unsteadiness (59.8%). The most frequent dizziness associated symptoms were tinnitus, visual problems, and nausea/vomiting. Visual disturbances, headache, and hearing impairment were associated with higher handicap scores.

Author Bio

Stephen Ornstein, D.C. has treated thousands of neck, shoulder and back conditions since graduating Sherman Chiropractic College in 1987 and during his involvement in Martial Arts. He holds certifications as a Peer Review Consultant from New York Chiropractic College, Physiological Therapeutics from National Chiropractic College, Modic Antibiotic Spinal Therapy from Dr. Hanne Albert, PT., MPH., Ph.D., Myofascial Release Techniques from Logan Chiropractic College, and learned Active Release Technique from the founder, P. Michael Leahy, DC, ART, CCSP.