Vertigo, Dizziness and Dysequilibrium

Long Branch, NJ (PressExposure) March 24, 2008 -- Many people with balance disorders confuse the symptoms that they are experiencing, which can have harmful consequences when presenting to your doctor, who will often medicate you based upon your complaint. First off, vertigo is a symptom, not a diagnosis. It is a symptom of spinning, or feeling as though you, or the environment is going around and around. The most common form of this is when you get into or out of bed, and suddenly you are holding on as the room begins to spin violently. This is the most common form seen in my office, which is also the easiest to treat with close to 100% success in a single office visit. Dizziness, also a symptom, not a diagnosis, is a sense of lightheadedness, or almost a feeling as though you are going to pass out. Dizziness does not include the rotary spinning sensation of vertigo. Dysequilibrium, again, a symptom, not a diagnosis, is quite simply a loss of balance. You may feel as though you lean to one side or fall to one side on walking, or just feel as though you may fall at any instant. Often, dizziness and dysequilibrium are the direct result of untreated vertigo. Left untreated, each attack of vertigo changes the brains monitoring and regulation of the postural systems, which over time, causes less than desirable changes, which include poor stability and thus increased risk of fall. This is actually an endemic problem currently, with falls being the leading cause of death in the elderly, and the leading cause of nonfatal injuries in all-remaining age groups. To appropriately treat any of these symptoms however, the key remains in being able to accurately diagnose what is wrong. This is the focus of my office, fit with a complete vestibular laboratory and balance center. Drug therapies such as frequently prescribed vestibular suppressant medication such as Meclizine, (Antivert), will often magnify symptoms of dysequilibrium due to the slowing of nerve conduction and thus slowed reaction times, comparable to that of alcohol use. Worse still, they have no benefit as a treatment. They merely reduce ones perception of symptoms temporarily.

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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