Is it Vertigo?

Long Branch, NJ (PressExposure) March 24, 2008 -- If you suffer from dizziness/balance disorder, here are some things that you should know: Q. How common is vertigo/dizziness? A. Various studies report that dizziness is among the top three complaints encountered in the primary care setting, (with headaches and low back pain).

Q. What is the typical clinical scenario in managing the dizzy patient?

A. Currently, 50% of patients seen in the primary care setting receive no diagnosis for their complaints of dizziness, yet 70% receive a prescription for a vestibular suppressant.

Q. Are vestibular suppressants effective for treating dizziness?

A. With side affects including drowsiness, lethargy, reduced reaction time and a deleterious effect on the natural recovery process from vestibular insult, capricious use of vestibular suppressant therapy is highly ineffective and typically more harmful than therapeutic. Further, these same patients may actually experience greater symptoms as suppressant drugs may hinder the vestibular function at a time when the patient may need it most.

Q. Are vestibular suppressants safe for treating dizziness?

A. Vestibular suppressants have a slowing effect on reaction time equal to a blood alcohol level of .04 to .06. Reduced reaction time is a leading cause of falls in the elderly. Falls lead to over 200,000 hip fractures per year in the U.S. Nearly 50% of elderly patients admitted for hip fractures become chronic patients. Nearly 50% of elderly patients admitted for hip fractures die within one year.

Q. What is unique about your approach to managing vertiginous patients?

As with any disorder, a thorough history and examination is of utmost importance. You cannot tell much by spending five or ten minutes with a patient. Following examination, typically specialized testing is appropriate for these patients. Our office is equipped with state of the art video nystagmography, which is a non-invasive, non-painful procedure now used to track eye movements, which can be correlated to the cause of the problem, from which an efficacious treatment plan can be proposed.

Q. My dizziness is severe, doesn’t that mean that I must have a severe problem?

A. No. Conversely, the opposite is typically the case. Similar to headaches, the more ominous causes are rare and the most severe forms are typically benign.

Q. How successful is your office at treating patients with balance problems?

A. Our office has a very high success rate with patients suffering with dizziness. Also, recovery can often be quick once the correct diagnosis has been made.

If you suffer from vertigo/dizziness/balance loss, Dr. Scopelliti offers a no charge, no obligation free consultation to discuss your problem, ($75 value). Dr. Scopelliti’s office can be reached at (732) 229-5250 to arrange your complimentary consultation. You may also call toll free: 1 888-685-8386 to receive a free booklet. 24 hr. recorded message only. Lastly we have a wealth of information updated weekly on the web at

About Jersey Shore Regional Center for Vertigo, Dizziness and Dystonia

Dr. Scopelliti has over 1000 hours in postdoctoral neurology, and is a board
certified chiropractic neurologist, practicing at the 279 Professional Arts
Bldg at the rear of Monmouth Medical Center, in Long Branch, NJ. He is also
currently the president of the NJ Chiropractic Council on Neurology,
(website: With over twenty years of practice, ten of
those years specializing in neurology, his office focuses on the drug free
management of patients with vertigo, dizziness, balance loss, presyncope,
dystonia, various stages of coma, and many other neurologic as well as
behavioral and cognitive disorders. Dr. Scopelliti is an author and lecturer
of postdoctoral neurology, and has also written several software
applications for vestibular rehabilitation; Because of the
nature of our practice and the high level of difficulty involved with the
types of patients seen, our office customarily sees patients from several
states for consultation and/or co-management. Dr. Scopelliti offers a free
no obligation consultation including a balance test/risk of fall analysis
prior to the commencement of any examinations or treatment. The office can
be reached at (732) 229-5250 to arrange a free consultation, ($75 value),
and balance screen. Dr. Scopelliti has a wealth of information updated
weekly on the web at Visit our Guest Book link at to see what real patients have had to say.

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