The Balance Disorders Clinic is a joint effort between the UI Neurology and Otolaryngology departments. The clinic's medical director is one of a dozen neurologists in the United States who specialize in vertigo and other balance disorders.
Using state-of-the-art assessment tools, our staff offers a comprehensive evaluation and multidisciplinary treatment approach for:
- Unsteadiness walking
Your physician will talk with you about your symptoms, past history, as well as give you a thorough neuro-otological physical exam. This evaluation includes a review of old medical records/films that you may have brought. The neuro-otologist will discuss with you and your family if any test needs to be taken.
Frequently, a test called an ENG is required. This is a group of tests that evaluate:
- Brain balance centers
- Body stability
- Inner ear balance function
You may also get a hearing test (audiogram).
Following the evaluations, you and your family and health care team will review the results and develop a management plan.
Treatment of dizziness/balance disorders often includes:
- Adding another medication
- Removing medications that impair balance function
- Vestibular (balance) exercises
If needed, patients are referred to a physical therapist who specializes in balance/dizziness disorders.
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