BalanceMD is a specialty medical clinic dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of those suffering from dizziness, vertigo, imbalance and hearing loss.
This Blog will provide readers the most up-to-date knowledge in this medical field.
Symptoms of dizziness are typically subjective and an accurate diagnosis at first may not be straight forward. Many patients suffering from dizziness typically see several doctors and undergo multiple tests while accumulating large medical bills and no answers. The time "dizzy" patients spend in this process can be months to years and may result in painful fall-related injuries while seeking help from various healthcare practitioners.
"Dizzy" patients may initially be seen by their primary care physician or go to an urgent care facility or emergency room, then, as the potential underlying cause for dizziness can be diverse, referred to ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat - aka Otolaryngologist), a neurologist and/or cardiologist. Studies reveal that many undergo brain or sinus CT and/or MRI scans, carotid doppler studies, EEG, EKG, echocardiogram, tilt table testing, and blood tests, all of which have low yield in arriving at the correct diagnosis for most "dizzy" patients. Vestibular suppressant medications, such as meclizine, diazepam or promethazine, typically offer little relief and the majority of "dizzy" patients do not significantly benefit from PT (physical therapy).
Especially in this age of high deductible health insurance plans, patients are seeking the most expedient and accurate diagnoses and the most effective treatment in a cost-effective manner. With the advanced diagnostic and treatment capabilities available today, "dizzy" patients should no longer have to see 4-5 doctorsbefore receiving the correct diagnosis.