Have you ever felt dizzy? If so, you aren’t alone. About one in three US adults over 40 years of age have experienced some type of dizziness and it is the 3rd most common reason people access their primary care physician. A recent study of 600 emergency room cases regarding falls found dizziness and vestibular dysfunction in 80% of patients. Pretty eye opening statistics that make one wonder why there is not a louder national conversation regarding dizziness and its contribution to America’s sky high health care costs. I believe this is because of a low level of public awareness regarding dizziness and who treats it, the fact that dizziness is very rarely life threatening, and also that it is often treatable. These contributing factors make dizziness and vertigo less scary than many other conditions and therefore it receives less attention. I can assure you, however, that for those who have experienced dizziness and vertigo, the experience can be very scary and often poorly managed in today’s healthcare system.
It is not uncommon for a person to come into my office after having already been to multiple providers, obtained expensive imaging, and received no conclusive results. This process is terribly inefficient, time consuming, and expensive. By comparison, if that person had accessed a physical therapist as their first step in addressing their dizziness, it is possible they could have saved thousands of dollars and eliminated their dizziness much faster.
Vestibular physical therapists have the skills to diagnose and treat the most common conditions causing dizziness and vertigo. They are also able to quickly identify when a more serious condition may be present and facilitate an appropriate referral. APRS Physical Therapy has four vestibular therapists and two convenient locations. We routinely block out space on therapist’s schedules for the express purpose of being able to quickly get new evaluations in for same day service. Our specialized equipment and vestibular training make us a go to for those with dizziness and vertigo in the Gallatin Valley and surrounding communities. In conclusion, If you or others you know are experiencing any symptoms of dizziness or vertigo, save yourself money and time and come to APRS Physical Therapy first.
Taylor Chadwick, PT, DPT