Problems with the way Vertigo and Balance Issues are usually treated
A typical case seen each week in the functional chiropractic neurologist office.
I will call her Mary. This is not her real name, but the case I’m about to describe to you is a typical case I (Dr. Brent Furnish) see each week in my office. Mary is a 50-60 -year-old female (she could be any age). She has a history of vertigo and balance issues, dizziness and problems walking at times. Her history started 2-3 years ago. She just woke up one morning and she related “I was dizzy, off balance and it has never stopped.” According to Mary this has “ruined her life.”
Mary, like most of the patients who come see me in this situation, has been ” through the mill.”
This is where the patient’s history becomes interesting. Mary, like most of my patients who come see me in this situation, has been ” through the mill.” At least that is what I like to call it. Her initial stop was to her primary care physician’s office who did not even examine her. Then, gave her an educated guess that the “problem is in the inner ear.” Her primary care physician prescribed Meclizine (the most common prescription by an MD for vertigo and balance issues). She took the medicine for four weeks and her condition worsened. Mary is then referred to an audiologist or physical therapist. They perform a “routine protocol” battery of tests on her and as with all their patients, tells her she has “crystals in her ears causing her balance problems or BPPV.” They give her several Epely Maneuvers or crystal repositioning maneuvers which do not help. (PS; no more than 2-3 Epely maneuvers should ever be given to resolve the problem if it is “crystals in the ears” or BPPV. See vestibular rehab. 3rd Edition by Susan Herdman pg. 259)
When Mary does not respond to the “routine protocol” therapy performed by the audiologist or physical therapist she is released from care and is usually given no other option of care. As a result, she is suffered needlessly for months or years and the things she enjoys most in life she can no longer do.
If you are an audiologist or physical therapist reading this blog, please offer my services to your patience as a secondary alternative method of care. If you are someone that can relate to the same experiences Mary, then please go to they “GET STARTED” section of my website and follow the instructions. There is no longer any need for you to continue to suffer from dizziness, walking problems, vertigo and balance issues.