NYU Langone otolaryngologists—also known as ear, nose, and throat doctors—work with audiologists and neurologists to diagnose vertigo and help people manage symptoms. Vertigo is a type of dizziness that causes a sensation of spinning or swaying, even when your body is still. Often, vertigo goes away on its own after a few days or weeks, but the dizziness persists in some people.
Vertigo can be a sign of dysfunction in the vestibular area of the inner ear, which is the part of the ear that helps to control balance and spatial awareness. Other types of vertigo are caused by an underlying medical condition that affects a region of the brain responsible for balance.
Our experts use advanced diagnostic tools to determine the cause of the symptoms, including a test with infrared light to record subtle eye movements. Based on the results of these tests, our doctors create a care plan designed to help you manage symptoms.
Physical therapists at NYU Langone’s Rusk Rehabilitation use vestibular rehabilitation therapy, a movement-based technique that can help people with vertigo manage dizziness and reduce the impact this condition has on daily life. If you are diagnosed with a medical condition that causes vertigo, doctors may recommend treatment with medication or surgery.