Once your balance or vestibular disorder has been tested for and diagnosed accurately, our audiologist will discuss a range of recommendations and treatment options. These options may include referrals to other specialists as required. The options for treatment and management include:
VRT is a specialised form of physical therapy for vestibular disorders. It is essentially a series of gentle physical exercises that can help improve vestibular adaptation and substitution. We have referral pathways across the entire state and work closely with specialist vestibular physiotherapists to assist in accessing and providing results to facilitate therapies.
The Epley and other otolith repositioning manoeuvres attempts to reposition free floating, misplaced otoliths to the posterior or anterior semi-circular canals where they belong.
Balance retraining success relies on good general fitness. As such a range of low impact exercise is often recommended to help relieve symptoms of balance disorders.
Some people with vestibular disorders report that changes in diet, or removing certain things from their diet helps reduce some symptoms. Others have reported reduction in symptoms when excluding certain things from their consumption. This includes things as antacids, nicotine and ibuprofen.
With the physical symptoms of vestibular disorders come connected psychological issues such as anxiety and depression. Support counselling including coping strategies and therapy can help patients deal with these issues before they become a burden.
Medication for vestibular disorders is only suitable if the condition is not chronic (long-lasting). These medications can be prescribed to reduce motion sickness or nausea. Other medications, such as steroids, antiviral and antibiotic drugs depending on other issues present.
Surgery is a last resort and is only ever suggested should all other treatments fail. Surgery for vestibular disorders fall into two categories:
Brisbane: Bribie Island, Carindale, Carseldine, Caboolture, Clayfield, Loganholme, Spring Hill, Sunnybank Hills, Thornlands
Gold Coast: Hope Island
Townsville: Hermit Park, Kirwan, Condon
Mackay: North Mackay
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