Dizziness #physiotalk Mon 30th Nov 8pm

Our next #physiotalk tweetchat is on Monday 30th November at 8pm GMT – so a Happy St. Andrews Day to all our Scottish followers.

Dizziness – a word that might strike fear into you during your initial assessment. Or perhaps you relish the challenge of unpicking the reasons behind someones report of dizziness?

The first question to ask is what is dizziness – it is such a subjective experience! The words use to describe dizziness are many and varied – including such Scots words as gizzy, arr, waumish or swander, given the significance of the date of the chat…

But despite what we call it – whether you are feeling ‘daise’ or if you use medical terminology like vertigo, do you know how to assess and treat dizziness? Often this might be linked to how (or if) you covered dizziness in your undergraduate curriculum, the experiences you have had since graduation in treating dizziness or the courses you have been on.

Do you see it as a condition all physiotherapists should be able to see or a highly specialist area with a need for post graduate training?

Chat questions

Do you treat people who complain of dizziness?

Do you feel your undergraduate curriculum prepared you to assess people who are dizzy?

Do you feel competent to diagnose the possible reasons people might be dizzy?

Do you think people who are dizzy are best seen by a team as there are so many possible differential diagnoses?

Should treating dizziness require physiotherapists to have post registration training?

What are you main ‘go to’ resources for patients who are dizzy?


ACPIVR website

Our 2015 Physiotalk on Dizziness and Vestibular rehabilitation

Resources mentioned during the #physiotalk chat:

and full text

Patient education fact sheets from Academy of Neurologic PT

Menieres Society leaflets

GP Notebook Pro

Measurement of lying and standing BP

Geeky Medics pages:

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) | Nystagmus | Geeky Medics

The Head Impulse, Nystagmus, Test of Skew (HINTS) Examination | Vertigo | Geeky Medics

Dix-Hallpike Test and Epley Manoeuvre – OSCE guide | Geeky Medics


If you missed the chat you can catch up with the transcript here

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