A lot of times when I evaluate my patients, they’ve been suffering for years and years with symptoms of dizziness and vertigo.
In fact, the first woman I treated had been suffering with vertigo for 20 years.
I’m able to assess their vestibular system, identify the cause of their symptoms, and a lot of times resolve the symptoms in one or two sessions, depending on the cause and the findings.
The frequently asked question (FAQ) that I often hear from my patients is, “Why didn’t my doctor assess this? Why didn’t my doctor identify this years ago? Why have I been suffering for so long?”
And my answer is that the inner ear is a specialty within medicine. It’s actually a sub-specialty within the fields of Neurology and Otolaryngology.
Not all neurologists [that I have met] are even comfortable evaluating the inner ear, independent of diagnostic testing.
So if you can imagine the specialty that a physician would have to go through to become first a physician, then to become a neurologist, or an ENT – which is an ear, nose and throat doctor or otolaryngologist. And then beyond that they would have to become an inner ear specialist.
So it’s a sub-specialty within medicine that’s very uncommon to find in any physician.
That’s why a lot people are walking around with undiagnosed inner ear problems, suffering for years. They simply haven’t gotten to the right physician that knew how to properly evaluate and treat them.
So my recommendation to you if you are suffering with dizziness, vertigo, imbalance or unexplained repeated falls is to find someone who specializes in the inner ear at the Vestibular Disorders Association website, vestibular.org, and get some relief today for your symptoms.
One final note that’s not in the FAQ video, but comes straight from my heart: Let’s all remember to be grateful to our physicians for all that they do to help us. These days, physicians have a lot of external pressures and the suicide rate among physicians is much higher than that of the average population.
If we can approach our physicians with compassion and gratitude for their presence, it will be a better experience for all involved in healthcare.
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.