Vertigo & Balance Disorders

Dizziness is one of the most common symptoms that drive people to seek medical attention. Dizziness can manifest as vertigo (the illusion that you or your environment is spinning, tilting, or moving), lightheadedness, or imbalance. The degree to which dizziness impacts a person’s life can vary from individual to individual; some patient’s find their dizziness to be a minor nuisance, while others are severely disabled by their symptoms and are unable to work, drive, or socialize outside of the home.

There are many potential causes for dizziness, including disorders that affect the ear, brain, eyes, or heart. Common causes of dizziness include benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), Meniere’s disease, superior semicircular canal dehiscence syndrome, vestibular neuritis, migraine, medication side-effects, and anxiety.

Treatment varies based on the underlying cause of dizziness and can range from vestibular rehabilitation therapy, dietary and behavioral modifications, medications (taken orally or injected directly into the ear), and – in select cases –surgery.

In the Vertigo Management Program at the University of Michigan Health System, we provide comprehensive evaluation and management for patients with dizziness and balance disorders. Our physicians are board-certified and have specialized training in evaluating patients with dizziness. We have a full-time physical therapist on site with advanced certification in vestibular physical therapy.   A significant part of our program is our cutting-edge Vestibular Testing Center (VTC), which houses state-of-the art equipment that can provide important data to help formulate the correct diagnosis. Our testing center opened more than 20 years ago, and more than 900 patients per year are seen in the VTC for evaluation and/or treatment.  Some of the specialized tests we conduct in the VTC include videonystagmography, rotational chair testing, and postural control testing.

Our team has more experience than anywhere else in the state, and is considered a national leader in the diagnosis and treatment of dizziness and balance disorders.

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