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5 Signs you have found a medical provider who can help you with your dizziness

Updated: Sep 10, 2023

  1. They treat vertigo regularly - A vestibular physical therapist is a great choice, as long as they have had advanced training. An Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) doctor is another option; however, be sure they specialize in vertigo and not only sinus surgery, for example. A neurologist is a good choice if you have a diagnosis of vestibular migraine or central cause of vertigo such as stroke or multiple sclerosis.

  2. They have and use the right equipment - When a clinician is examining a patient with vertigo, some of the assessment should be done with infrared video goggles in order to ensure the most accurate diagnosis and treatment.

  3. They believe in a team approach - A clinician should know when to refer you for additional assessment or care, and they can be specific about who they recommend. A good ENT, PCP, or neurologist will not hesitate to refer a patient to physical therapy for ongoing follow-up for dizziness and balance treatment. In return, a quality physical therapist will definitely refer you to a trusted neurologist or ENT if you would benefit but haven’t seen one, or suggest that you get a second opinion if warranted. If you are having significant headaches from a concussion, then referral to a neuro-ophthalmologist for vision therapy may be appropriate.

  4. They are active in their professional development - Knowledge of the vestibular system is expanding each year and there are new discoveries almost daily. Having updated knowledge of current research and treatments is essential. Ask questions of your providers to ensure their knowledge is current with vestibular care.

  5. They don’t promise “magic” recovery, but they support you on your journey with available evidence-based treatments. Successful treatment may only take one or two visits, and other times it may take several months of care, depending on the cause of your vertigo.

Are you experiencing dizziness or vertigo? The physical therapists with advanced training in vestibular therapy at Engage are here to help you. Please contact our office at 315-810-2423 or for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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