Dizziness & Balance Treatment
Dizziness and balance disorders make you feel fairly consistently unsteady or dizzy. Vertigo describes a more intense sensation of spinning that lasts longer. Balance disorders are usually caused by other health conditions, medications, or problems in the inner ear or brain. Symptoms include dizziness or spinning sensations, a feeling like you're going to fall, lightheadedness, blurred vision, and disorientation. These symptoms can range from mild to debilitating.
During a visit with the specialist, you will be asked to describe the dizziness you are experiencing and answer questions about your general health. Along with the conversation, the doctor will examine your ears, nose, and throat. Tests may include:
- Testing of nerve function
- Blood pressure test
- Balance tests
- Hearing evaluation
- Tests of your eye motion
- In some cases, blood tests or a heart evaluation
- Less often, a CT scan or MRI of your head
The doctor will then determine the best treatment based on your symptoms and their cause. In some cases, a separate health problem needs to be addressed, or a medication causing symptoms needs changed. Treatments may include medications or balance exercises. At Westwood, we can help you create an individualized treatment plan for long-term cases of balance disorders or vertigo, and help you find improvement and lasting relief.