Department of Otolaryngology

Treatment Options

Since there are many different causes of a balance disorder, there are many different treatment options.

At the UPMC Center for Balance Disorders, we can help you overcome your balance problem through:

  • Diet changes
  • Medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Surgery (not a frequent treatment option)

Managing Symptoms of Balance Disorders

  • Helping to control your symptoms is sometimes part of the treatment process for balance disorders.
  • When attempting to manage your balance disorder symptoms, please keep the following in mind:
  • Not all balance disorders cause the same dizziness symptoms and intensities.
  • Problems in the inner ear or the brain can cause balance disorder symptoms. It's important to seek a doctor’s assistance for a proper diagnosis.
  • Try to live as normal a life as possible.
  • Avoid stressful situations — stress can add to dizziness symptoms.
  • Avoid walking on uneven surfaces in the dark.
  • Medication for dizziness can help in some cases, but not always. Do not take any medication before consulting a doctor.
  • Physical therapy can help some dizziness and balance problems.