The Balance Center at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi helps patients suffering from dizziness and vertigo.
Dizziness is a general term that encompasses loss of balance, lightheadedness, a spinning sensation or an inability to walk straight, among other symptoms. It can be caused by problems in the inner ear, brain, eyes, or neck, and sometimes involves multiple causes. For patients affected by dizziness, receiving an accurate diagnosis that identifies the cause of the symptoms is vital to be able to return to their normal lives.
The multidisciplinary team at the Balance Center consists of experienced audiologists, otologists, and physical therapists, who are experts in the assessment and treatment of patients with a variety of diseases causing dizziness. The specialist team also work closely with caregivers from other specialties across Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, including neurology, neurosurgery, cardiology, and spine surgery.
The Balance Center treats patients with the following conditions:
An accurate diagnosis of the cause of dizziness is key to successful treatment, and to returning to a normal life quickly. When you visit the Balance Center, you will initially be assessed by our otologists, who will obtain a detailed history of your symptoms and conduct a thorough physical examination. Based on this, they will then order tests that assess the hearing and balance functions of the inner ear.
The most common tests to assess the inner ear function as well as the balance system in general include:
In addition to Balance Tests, your doctor may request imaging tests, such as an MRI of the inner ear, brain, or spine. Following a thorough assessment and discussion by the whole team, a treatment plan will be offered to you. This may include a combination of medical treatment and vestibular rehabilitation therapy, a specialized form of physical therapy focused on improving your balance.
Vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT) is a specialized form of therapy provided by physical therapists that is intended to alleviate problems caused by inner ear disorders, primarily vertigo and dizziness, gaze instability, and imbalance. A comprehensive evaluation will be performed by our physical therapists to first assess the type of problems that vestibular disorder is causing. A follow-up session and customized exercise program will then be given which will focus on improving balance. Three types of exercises are prescribed usually prescribed:
The Balance Center at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi is a multidisciplinary collaboration of skilled caregivers from across several specialities, including:
Watch as our experts talk about their roles at the Balance Center and how they help patients with dizziness.
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