SHEFFIELD VERTIGO AND BALANCE CENTRE
The Sheffield Vertigo and Balance Centre is a private multidisciplinary clinic for diagnosis and management of disorders of the human balance system.
The human balance system operates through three peripheral sensors – the eyes, the muscle and joint senses and the ears to enable a subject to orient himself in space. This is achieved when the input from these sensors is integrated in the brain and the processed signal is then sent back to the periphery by way of different muscle reflexes. Any problem interfering with this loop leads to symptoms like dizziness, vertigo, light-headedness, imbalance, difficulties in movement and may result in falls especially in the elderly. Balance problems are common that result in a poor quality of life and may lead to increased chances of physical injuries.
Balance problems can only be diagnosed by super specialists working together. They frequently remain under or not diagnosed leading to further difficulties.
The Sheffield Vertigo and Balance Centre is comprised of such super specialists dedicated to diagnose, assess and manage such problems in a focussed and systematic way. We consist of an internationally reputed highly experienced consultant neurotologist/audiovestibular physician; 2 senior and experienced senior audiologists and 2 highly experienced and senior balance rehabilitation specialists. The audiologists are also highly experienced in anxiety and stress management which is an integral part of any balance management and in novel methods of rehabilitation for example rehabilitation of over reliance of visual senses as a result of disease and in rehabilitation of the not uncommon Mal de Debarquement syndrome.
Self referrals or referrals from GPs, other medical or technical personnel are accepted. The initial appointment will be a triaging appointment where a decision will be made as to the complexity of the case. A simple physiotherapy regimen might be enough for some. However, the majority may be complex cases where they will be assessed in detail by the consultant and a management plan formulated. Following this, a detailed laboratory assessment might be undertaken. This is done to pick up the site and intensity of the problem for dedicated vestibular or other rehabilitation. Some patients will also need a cognitive approach to address the illness cognition or acceptance issue which often plays a crucial role in the overall perception of balance.
A properly diagnosed balance problem with successful management eventually leads to a very favourable outcome and the Sheffield Balance Clinic is committed to provide this. We aim to deliver a one stop shop service whenever possible and our fees are charged at a package price depending on the complexity of the case and setting up rehabilitation goals.