Treatment will vary depending on the diagnosis and may include medications, surgery, vestibular rehabilitation training, balance training or canalith repositioning maneuvers.
Vestibular rehabilitation is the primary treatment for many disorders and is also used along with surgery or medications. Vestibular rehabilitation includes exercises that are designed to retrain the brain to compensate for, and adapt to, loss of function in the vestibular system.
Canalith repositioning maneuvers are very effective for treating BPPV. These maneuvers consist of a series of head movements designed to move the calcium deposits out of the canal in the vestibular system in which they're trapped, and back to their normal position.
UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.
Balance Assessment Instructions
Certain substances can influence the body's response to balance assessment tests, reducing their validity. Read these instructions to ensure test efficacy.
Rotary Chair Testing
Rotary chair testing is typically ordered in addition to videonystagmography/
electronystagmography testing to evaluate your vestibular system. Learn more.
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