Dizziness and Balance Program

Millions of Americans have disorders of balance they describe as dizziness/vertigo. What can be difficult for both a patient and their doctor is that dizziness is called a subjective term. For some people, dizziness/vertigo is a feeling of unsteadiness, while others can experience the whole room spinning around them. Generally, if someone has feelings of nausea, wooziness, and a sensation of spinning, this is usually referred to as vertigo. Many times, patients can't quite explain what they are feeling, but they just know there is something different. Dizziness/vertigo can affect a person's independence, ability to work, and their quality of life. A lot of people say they feel dizzy, but what they are really feeling is an unsteadiness on their feet. Dizziness and balance disorders may also lead to other problems including anxiety, fatigue, difficulty walking, depression, or disinterest in everyday activities. 

Dizziness and balance disorders are serious. The most important thing you can do if you think you have a balance disorder is to have a comprehensive medical evaluation to understand what is causing your dizziness/vertigo or balance problem. Before going to see your doctor, make notes on the feelings and sensations you feel during a "dizzy" episode. This will help your doctor make a more accurate initial diagnosis before recommending further treatment. When in your doctor's office, it's important to describe the feelings and sensations you feel during a "dizzy" spell very accurately, this is why it's important to take good notes. After describing your symptoms, your doctor my order some diagnostic tests to aid in accurately diagnosing your condition.

After your tests have been completed by an audiologist or technician, they are normally reviewed by your doctor and a treatment plan is established. If your condition is appropriate, a vestibular rehabilitation program is often prescribed to treat your condition. These programs typically consist of 8-15 therapy visits and patients are normally assigned home exercises to complete alongside the therapy they receive in the clinic. The greatest benefit to patients utilizing this treatment option is that the benefits gained during the course of the rehabilitation program are long-lasting, and many patients that have been on medications for many years can now function normally again without the use of them. This is probably the single greatest advantage to this type of treatment, it offers patients a chance at being active again in their normal life without the use of additional medications.