Vestibular disorders can cause a variety of symptoms, such as: vertigo, imbalance, problems with hearing, nausea,
fatigue, anxiety and concentration. A person's day-to-day functioning and quality of life can be greatly affected.
Dizziness is the most frequently reported symptom that leads patients to visit their GP, reaching more than
two million per year. The symptoms are often described in terms of vertigo, dizziness, light-headedness,
and motion sickness.
How are balance disorders assessed?
- 1. a history of the initial onset of dizziness
- 2. description of the symptoms
- 3. general observation of posture and simple daily tasks
- 4. specific testing
- 5. occasionally further investigation by your GP or a specialist may be required.
How are balance disorders treated?
The treatment of a balance or vestibular disorder will depend on its cause, but many, can be
treated with exercises and a few specific manoeuvres.