We’ve reviewed over 400 surveys completed by our students who manage patients with dizziness.
Here are 3 hot topics that they asked about:
- Vestibular Migraines
- Psychological Considerations
We’ve chosen to elaborate on vestibular migraines as this diagnosis has become more prevalent in our practice, especially within the last 3-4 years.
I find myself thinking of how many patients we’ve seen through the years that have most likely been suffering from vestibular migraines versus Meniere’s Disease. Especially for all those patients that were diagnosed with Atypical Meniere’s because they didn’t have a low-frequency hearing loss.
Certainly, the literature (as well as our own clinical experiences) finds that many patients have Meniere’s, Vestibular Migraines, and a high recurrence of BPPV.
How are you treating patients with Vestibular Migraines? (download customizable patient education handout below)
In our clinic, we provide audiology and physical therapy services, so we focus on the diagnostic side to help determine the etiologies and gather data to guide therapy. We recognize that medical management is critical.
Vestibular therapy outcomes are optimal when the patient is as stable as possible. Ensuring the patient has providers that can address the patient as a whole:
- lifestyle management,
- medications (supplements and/or pharmaceutical),
- vestibular therapy,
- emotional support, and
- EDUCATION IS KEY!
And, part of that education is providing the patient with additional resources on therapies such as tools to help down-regulate their sympathetic nervous system and promote the parasympathetic system through deep breathing/grounding techniques, rose-tinted glasses, manual therapies...and, more!
It’s critical that we look at vestibular migraines beyond a medical diagnosis and focus on the prognosis – identifying what is needed to help this patient the most. The ongoing challenge for most of us is how unique each person is…what works for one patient, doesn’t work for another. Successfully managing vestibular migraines is improving because our knowledge and awareness of treatment options are growing.
The more we can look at guidance from experts, follow the research, utilize each other as resources, and listen to our patients then the more we will discover together. There is much to learn – which is why we’re here!
Here are 3 ways you can get involved:
- Virtual Vestibular Health Summit where you will hear from Dr. Shen Beh, MD talk about management of Vestibular Migraines and Kendal Reddell, PT, DPT, NCS discuss Vestibular Rehab in Patients with Motion Sensitivity as well as a presentation on factors that may delay recovery in persons with vestibular disorders from our keynote, Dr. Sue Whitney. Register for free
- Advanced Training in Vestibular Rehab via the Certificate of Competency in Vestibular Rehabilitation (CCVR) Course. Early bird discount ends tonight at 11:59pm CST. Enroll today
- Continue this hot topic convo in our new 360 Neuro Health Workspace! A space built for healthcare providers to share insights, provide resources, and get immediate feedback. Lock in the Special Promo Rate
We are looking forward to connecting with you!