Can I get a diagnosis or prognosis for my balance and dizziness disorder from a physiotherapist or vestibular audiologist?
Physiotherapists do not diagnose. Physiotherapists work with you based on how your imbalance or dizziness presents. Well-trained physiotherapists can make a working hypothesis of what is wrong and can help guide your medical doctor or specialist towards a diagnosis.
Vestibular audiologists do diagnostic vestibular testing. They can, for example, test to see if you have bilateral vestibular hypofunction or a bilateral vestibular disorder. Similar to how audiologists can say, “You have a sensory hearing loss,” vestibular audiologists can say, “You have a loss of balance function.” They will not label your disorder, but will say things like, “This balance sensor seems to be 50% functional” or “There is a dysfunction on this or that balance sensor.” This information will be passed on to your doctor to make a diagnosis.