Vertigo, characterised by a spinning sensation or a feeling of things (or the world) moving, can be a disorienting and distressing experience. If you or a loved one is grappling with vertigo, the first question that may arise is, “Which doctor should I consult?” This article will explore why an Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) specialist is your best choice when addressing vertigo.
Before delving into the ideal specialist for vertigo, let’s briefly understand what vertigo is. Vertigo is not a condition but a symptom of an underlying issue. It often stems from problems in the inner ear, affecting the body’s balance and spatial orientation.
The role of an ENT specialist
- Expertise in the inner ear: ENT specialists, also known as otolaryngologists, are physicians trained to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the ear, nose, and throat. Given that the inner ear plays a crucial role in balance, an ENT specialist is well-equipped to assess and address vertigo.
- Comprehensive diagnosis: When you consult an ENT specialist for vertigo, you benefit from a comprehensive assessment. This typically involves a detailed medical history, physical examination, and specialised tests such as audiometry and vestibular testing. These evaluations help pinpoint the root cause of vertigo.
- Clinical history: Your ENT specialist will start by gathering information about the frequency, duration, and characteristics of your vertigo episodes. This includes any associated symptoms such as hearing loss or ringing in the ears. A diagnosis is arrived at half of the time by taking a careful history of the vertigo.
- Physical examination: A thorough examination of the ear, including the tympanic membrane and ear canal, helps identify any abnormalities. Additionally, eye movement testing and positional tests may be conducted to assess the function of the inner ear.
- Specialised tests: In some cases, an ENT specialist may recommend specific tests like videonystagmography (VNG) or electronystagmography (ENG) to further evaluate the vestibular system. A hearing test is required most of the time.
Management and treatment
Addressing vertigo requires a multifaceted approach, tailored to the specific diagnosis. Here are key strategies:
- Lifestyle modifications: Depending on the underlying cause, an ENT specialist may recommend lifestyle adjustments to alleviate vertigo symptoms. This can include dietary changes, hydration, and specific head movements, particularly effective for certain types of vertigo.
- Medication: If vertigo is linked to inflammation or fluid imbalance in the inner ear, an ENT specialist may prescribe medication.. Medication may also be required in patients with vestibular migraine.
- Epley’s Manoevre: This manoevre may be required in vertigo caused by benign positional paroxysmal vertigo.
- Physical therapy: Vestibular rehabilitation exercises, a form of physical therapy, play a pivotal role in improving balance and mitigating vertigo symptoms. These exercises are personalised to address an individual’s specific challenges.
Get in touch
Navigating the complexities of vertigo demands a personalised and expert approach. If you or a loved one is grappling with vertigo, it’s time to take the next step towards clarity and relief. Mr. Wale Olarinde, an experienced ENT specialist, stands ready to provide tailored solutions. By booking a consultation with Mr. Olarinde, you can embark on a journey towards understanding your unique diagnosis and implementing effective strategies to reclaim control over your balance and well-being. Don’t let vertigo dictate your life – book a consultation with Mr. Wale Olarinde today and embark on the path to a vertigo-free future.