Considerations for the Best Vertigo Treatment Plan
Patients frequently ask if medications or vestibular physical therapy are the best vertigo treatment plan. They want to know what else they can do to get relief.
Cost of Care
Some considerations include what type of care health insurance will cover versus what the patient can afford to pay out of pocket.
Many patients end up paying out of pocket for the best vertigo treatment plan.
Even so, there is no guarantee that the symptoms will not recur at some future point, thereby requiring more care.
The diagnosis is another consideration that determines the best vertigo treatment plan.
Some root causes of dizziness are best managed with regular use of preventative medication or as-needed medication to alleviate symptoms.
Side note: After completing vestibular rehabilitation, I typically encourage patients to keep any vertigo medications that they used in their carry-on bag for future trips, since traveling is a common trigger for recurrence of dizziness and vertigo.
Patients can help their providers with the diagnostic process by describing their symptoms as I outline in this article.
The best vertigo treatment plan will often require a multidisciplinary team approach, along with a commitment from the patient to do their part of the treatment plan as instructed at home.
Recommendations made by health care providers may include certain dietary changes, depending on the diagnosis.
Self-care strategies, dietary changes, lifestyle modifications, and home exercises need to be determined on a case by case basis, depending on the root cause of the symptoms.
If you prefer not to commit to a comprehensive, multifaceted treatment plan that will require effort on your part or exercises to be carried out at home, then you may need to rely on medications for the relief of symptoms indefinitely.
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.