16 April 2015
Dizziness is a common problem and approximately 1% of the population consult a General Practitioner each year for this symptom. Vertigo is more specific and suggests a vestibular disorder with symptoms such as: loss of balance, giddiness, nausea, spinning, sweating, visual and hearing disturbance.
At Spire Liverpool Hospital, our vestibular service (Consultant ENT Specialists and Vestibular Physiotherapist) offer speedy access for accurate examination, assessment and treatment of vestibular disorders which may result as a consequence of:
- Middle Ear Disease
- Unilateral PVD (vestibular neuritis, trauma, ischaemia)
- BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo)
- Benign recurrent Vertigo•Orthostatic Hypotension
- Occupational, Sport and Lifestyle
Dizziness is very common in the elderly and affects more women than men. Estimates suggest that one third of the population have experienced an episode of vertigo by the age of 70 years. One large population study in the UK has shown that five out of every 1,000 people consult their General Practitioner each year for vertigo and ten out of every 1,000 for dizziness.
Other studies have shown that 9% of young adults reporting dizziness, nausea, vomiting and headaches had positive clinical testing for BPPV defined specifically as PIN (Positional Induced Nystagmus).
Jane Lumley (Physiotherapy Team Leader / Lower limb specialist) works closely with our ENT consultants, to develop bespoke treatment programmes that promote independence and develop effective management tools.