A thorough assessment will be done by your physiotherapist to evaluate your symptoms and review your medical history. This will include all or part of the following areas:
- Balance, leg strength, and flexibility
- Gait (how you walk)
- Visual stability and mobility
- Neck mobility and neck and arm strength
- Positional testing, including an inner ear exam
Based on the findings, your physiotherapist will develop a treatment plan to improve any deficits that were identified. This will improve your ability to function in activities of everyday living, reduce your risk for falling, and improve your quality of life. All treatment plans are unique to each individual. Your exercise programme will be developed after identifying your deficits. You will also learn how to do some self-treatment exercises, which allows you to continue your exercise plan at home, prevent and treat new dizziness and balance episodes. Patients are typically seen 1 to 2 times each week for 6 to 8 weeks, but this varies based on the patient’s diagnosis, the severity of symptoms, and response to therapy. Some patients may be seen for only 1 to 2 sessions; other patients may need continued treatment for a few months.