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How do I get referred to VESTIBULAR REHAB PHYSIO?

We accept self-referrals or referrals from your GP or Consultant.

What should I expect at the first appointment?

Prior to your assessment, you will be sent some questionnaires to complete and bring to the appointment. These will then be reviewed and further questions asked in order to allow VESTIBULAR REHAB PHYSIO to fully understand the symptoms you are experiencing and how they are affecting your life.  A physical examination will then be completed and the results fed back to you.  Finally, a treatment plan will then be discussed and agreed.

How many treatments will I require?

Treatment by VESTIBULAR REHAB PHYSIO is customised to your presentation and dependent on your diagnosis and assessment findings.  After the assessment, your physiotherapist will explain the findings and agree a treatment plan with you.

Will I be able to travel afterwards?

A vestibular assessment may provoke mild symptoms, therefore you may prefer to be accompanied if travelling to the clinic.  If you have any concerns, please call to discuss prior to your appointment.

I get dizzy when I get out of bed, roll over or bend down.  Can you help me?

This sounds very likely to be Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), and is the most common cause of dizziness presenting to doctors.  BPPV is a specific vestibular condition that causes brief spinning dizziness with specific head movements, e.g. when rolling over in bed, bending down or looking up and can make someone unsteady.   This condition is identified using the Dix-Hallpike and Roll tests which are quick to complete.  If BPPV is confirmed, it can then be effectively treated using repositioning manoeuvres such as the Epley with resolution typically after 1-2 treatments.  VESTIBULAR REHAB PHYSIO are skilled in assessing and treating BPPV using these manouevres.

I don't feel dizzy but am imbalanced.  Can you help me?

Imbalance can be caused by many problems, to include changes in sensation of your feet, reduced strength, reduced vision and poor coordination.  It can also result from damage to both your vestibular systems (inner ears) whereby you may not experience any dizziness, or from BPPV.  VESTIBULAR REHAB PHYSIO can complete a thorough assessment and provide advice and exercises as indicated.

I get dizzy, disorientated and feel unsteady in supermarkets, crowded places and when watching fast moving programs on TV.  Can you help?

This sounds like visually induced dizziness (or what was known as visual vertigo).  This can occur with any vestibular disorder.  VESTIBULAR REHAB PHYSIO can provide customised exercises to target this, over a treatment course.

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