When you first experience symptoms of dizziness and imbalance, it is most likely that you will visit an emergency physician or your family doctor. The primary role of an emergency physician is to rule out any serious or life-threatening causes for your symptoms, such as a stroke or heart attack. Your family doctor will look into general causes for your dizziness, such as low or high blood sugar, heart disease, neurological disorders and other metabolic issues as well as medication interactions that could be causing dizziness and imbalance. Read more about the role family doctors and emergency physicians play in assessing dizziness and imbalance on our Primary Care Physicians page.
If your symptoms persist, you will be referred to specialist health professionals who can dig deeper and start helping you manage, understand and treat your symptoms. These specialists include otolaryngologists (ENT doctors), otologists or neuro-otologists, neurologists, neuro-ophthalmologists, physiotherapists or occupational therapists, and vestibular audiologists. To help with mental health concerns related to your dizziness and balance disorder, you may be referred to a psychiatrist, psychologist or registered clinical counsellor. Read more about the role of each of these specialists on our Other Health Professionals page.