Feeling Dizzy?

Feeling Dizzy - Vestibular Disorder

Occasional dizziness is normal and very common, however dizziness caused by a vestibular disorder effects more than a third of people at some time in their lives!

Symptoms of a Vestibular Disorder

  • Vertigo: feeling that your environment is moving
  • Unsteadiness or imbalance
  • Light headedness
  • Difficulty Concentrating
  • Vision Disturbance
  • Hearing Changes
  • Tinnitus: hearing a ringing in your ears

Diagnosing the Cause of Your Dizziness

At West Limerick Physiotherapy Clinic, our vestibular expert, Claire, uses specialised tests to assess vestibular function:

  • Video Frenzel goggles and computer software
  • Balance assessment
  • Assessment of Eye-Head Co-ordination
  • Gait analysis (walking function)

Your diagnosis may be one of the following:

  • Vestibular neuritis or labyrinthitis
  • Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo
  • Meniere’s Disease
  • Dizziness coming from the neck region

Treatment – Vestibular Rehabilitation

This is tailored to each individual and includes:

  • Exercises to improve balance
  • Exercises to improve your Gaze Stability
  • Gait re-education
  • Treatment of the neck region
  • Treatment of your tinnitus
  • General strength and conditioning

Claire has been practicing Neuro-rehabilitation for over 15 years and has undertaken postgraduate training in this area. She specialises in vestibular disorders and can help assess and diagnose your symptoms. To make an appointment with Claire or for more information, call us on (069) 77700.

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