House Clinic Balance Center
The House Clinic Balance Center provides services for patients suffering from vertigo, dizziness, disequilibrium, or other balance dysfunctions. Our team of physicians, audiologists, and allied physical therapists diagnose and treat a full range of balance disorders, ranging from BPPV to migraine associated vertigo to more complex multifactorial causes of dizziness. We believe a multidisciplinary approach is best because balance affects multiple facets of daily living.
What are some common conditions we treat?
BPPV: One of the most common causes of dizziness is BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo). This type of dizziness is associated with a brief spinning sensation that is triggered by head movements that occur when rolling out of bed or getting your hair washed. Most cases can be resolved in one office visit with repositioning maneuvers like the Epley maneuver.
Meniere’s disease: Meniere's disease is a disorder of the inner ear which causes episodes of vertigo, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), a feeling of fullness or pressure in the ear, and fluctuating hearing loss. It has multiple possible triggers including infection, allergy, autoimmune disease, and other causes. There are multiple medical and surgical treatments that are available at the House Clinic, including extensive allergy services.
Migraine associated vertigo: There are currently about 28 million migraine sufferers in the United States. A percentage of them will have migraine associated vertigo which is a spinning sensation that can occur with or without headache. Dietary and lifestyle changes in addition to medications for migraine are helpful in treating this condition.
Vestibular neuritis: Vestibular neuritis is attributed to a viral infection of the balance nerve. It is associated with intense spinning dizziness for the first few days that gradually subsides. Physical therapy can help speed patients to a full recovery.
Other multifactorial causes: Often, individuals do not have a single cause of dizziness. There may be multiple factors that require a team of physicians, audiologists, and physical therapists to diagnose and manage the problem.
What can you expect during your evaluation?
During your visit at the House Clinic Balance Center, you will be evaluated by a physician who will assess your symptoms and decide what further diagnostic tests and treatments are necessary. Tests used in diagnosis may include VNG (videonystagmography), audiology testing, imaging of the head, and physical therapy evaluation. Accurate diagnosis is essential to developing an effective treatment plan. For cases where the cause of dizziness is not immediately apparent, our team will continue to follow you until your diagnosis becomes clearer.
What sorts of treatments are available?
Once a diagnosis is made, a full range of medical therapies will be used to treat your balance condition. Physical therapy may also be used for a course of vestibular rehabilitation if appropriate. The world-renowned House Clinic neuro-otologists are available for any surgical procedures that are deemed necessary as well.