Vertigo and dizziness are the third most common reasons people seek medical attention. Unfortunately, finding an appropriate treatment strategy can be challenging and frustrating for both the doctor and patient because of the many possible causes. The Dizziness Diagnostic Center helps doctors pinpoint the causes of the vertigo and dizziness through a comprehensive evaluation of the inner ear and supporting systems. Although, nearly 85% of dizziness complaints can be attributed to inner ear disturbances, there can be other causes, some life threatening.
Dr. Roberts has been evaluating and managing dizziness for over 25 years. He has extensive training and expertise in inner ear diagnostic testing and non-medical management strategies. The Dizziness Diagnostic Center uses some of the most advanced diagnostic equipment available which is the key to a successful diagnosis.
There are two ways. First, our balance system is comprised of basically three neural functions that are computed within the brain to assist our balance-inner ear, visual, and somatosensory (sensation from the skin). When one or more of these functions are disturbed the remaining one(s) cannot immediately provide enough accurate information to the brain to maintain balance. Through a special exercise program called vestibular rehabilitation, the brain can be taught to substitute or adapt for these diminished neural functions, therefore, improving balance and/or alleviating vertigo.
The second way is in the case of a common inner ear disorder called benign paroxysmal positioning vertigo, which is due to displaced particles or crystals floating in one of the three semi-circle canals within the inner ear. This disorder causes a severe onset of vertigo (spinning sensation) when moving the head to one side or the other, in most cases when lying down. A simple maneuver commonly called the eply can be performed to remove these particles from the involved canal therefore alleviating the symptom of vertigo.