Find a Vertigo Doctor
They share their story of finding little to no relief with the guidance of their current healthcare providers.
This never surprises me since the average patient with vertigo sees 4-5 different doctors and spends $2,000 just to get an adequate diagnosis.
That shocking statistic does not even include the treatment to resolve the complaints!
Shortage of Qualified Providers
The lack of resources, shortage of experts, and difficulty finding a vertigo doctor worldwide motivated me to launch my specialty physical therapy practice to offer hands on care for residents and medical tourists in San Diego, California, USA.
I have welcomed patients from all over the USA and from many foreign countries for specialty care in San Diego.
However, most people who contact me from afar cannot physically travel here due to their vertigo problems or financial restrictions.
So I try my best to help them find a vertigo doctor in their area.
My suggestion is for you to find a Vestibular Physical Therapist, if possible.
Two Online Directories to Find a Vertigo Doctor in Your Area
1. I suggest for you to look up the Provider Directory at the Vestibular Disorders Association, vestibular.org. You can search for a vertigo doctor by zip code, or by city and state. They list vestibular healthcare providers by specialty type as well.
All the professionals on that website have joined the Association as claiming to be Vestibular professionals. All members pay annual dues to be part of this directory.
Although there is no formal process to check on the validity of the credentials or quality of care provided by those who sign up, I would recommend that directory as a resource to find a Vertigo Doctor in your area.
2. You can search to find a provider on the map of Vestibular Physical Therapists who have signed up to be listed on the map.
This map has members of the Vestibular Special Interest Group, within the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).
To access the APTA Vestibular Physical Therapy (PT) Provider map, click here.
Similar to the Vestibular Disorders Association, there is no formal process to check out providers who register as providers on this APTA Vestibular PT map. There are very expensive annual dues to remain part of this professional association.
Vestibular Physical Therapy offers Evaluation and Treatment without Medications
I usually recommend for people with vertigo to plan on ultimately seeking out physical therapy, and here is why.
In California where I practice, the direct access law allows patients to seek physical therapy without seeing a physician for a referral. That is why many of my patients come straight to my practice once they get vertigo.
Direct access to Vestibular PT can prevent significant delays in appropriate care, use inappropriate medications, and unnecessary diagnostic tests that are often experienced by patients with vertigo.
If you are not able to find a vertigo doctor who can help you get relief, I highly recommend vestibular physical therapy.
I highly suggest for you to read online reviews from other patients for any provider you might select from an online directory. If you want more tips on Choosing the Right Healthcare provider, check out this blog.
This blog is provided for informational purposes only. The content and any comments by Dr. Kim Bell, DPT are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. The details of any case mentioned in this post represent a typical patient that Dr. Bell might see and do not describe the circumstances of a specific individual.