Have you ever felt like the world was spinning around you? Vertigo and balance disorders can be very debilitating. The good news is physiotherapy can help! The vestibular system or the balance system is located in your inner ear and helps provide information to your brain about how your body and head are moving. When this system is not working well, either due to too much information or not enough, dizziness or vertigo are experienced.
Some common causes of dizziness that can be assessed and treated by a vestibular physiotherapist include:
- Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
- Labrynithitis or Neuronitis
- Vestibular Migraine
- Cervicogenic (related to the neck)
- Following brain injury including stroke/ TIA
- Following surgery
- Meniere’s Disease
You don’t have to have a diagnosis or a referral to review with the vestibular physiotherapist as they will conduct a thorough assessment each time they see you. This assessment will help to confirm diagnosis as well as form a treatment plan which often includes a specific exercise program.