Physiotherapists can effectively treat common causes of dizziness using movement and exercise. Disturbances of balance and dizziness need careful examination to try to ascertain the underlying cause or pathology. This involves a detailed assessment involving questions about your dizziness, assessment of balance and a detailed occulomotor examination (tests for your eyes to assess your vestibular system – which is the part of the inner ear which senses acceleration and head position). It may also involve putting your head in certain positions to assess how your dizziness responds to these positions
Patients may have been told they have labrynthitis, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), that they have an inner ear infection or crystals floating in the inner ear. These diagnoses all broadly describe a either a vestibular neuritis or BPPV. Both respond well to treatment. There are many other causes of dizziness that may require further investigations or specialist opinion.
BPPV normally creates a spinning sensation. Typically people who suffer this like to sleep propped up in bed, they don’t like turning over in bed or looking up/down for example. It typically lasts a short period. Treatment has been shown to be 94-98% effective if you have treatment when you are symptomatic. Infections of the inner ear (labrynthitis) are viral infections and so don’t respond to antibiotics. However they do respond well to a progressive exercise program that looks at adapting balance responses.
If you would like further information, or discuss any points before booking an appointment please feel free to call Wayne Wymer who will be happy to go through things with you.