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Many people experience dizziness, vertigo and balance problems during their lifetime. These symptoms may be a result of medications, heart problems, neuropathies and/or possibly something that has affected the vestibular system. A thorough evaluation is critical to identify what may be causing the symptoms and to develop the best treatment for an individual.

At USC Physical Therapy, our clinicians offer clinical expertise and advanced training in working with patients with dizziness, vertigo and balance problems. We use state-of-the-art technology, including infrared goggles and computerized dynamic posturography, to accurately evaluate and treat our patients.


We offer physical therapy services for the following dizziness, vertigo and balance-related disorders:

  • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)
  • Unilateral vestibular loss (vestibular neuritis, labyrinthitis, acoustic neuroma)
  • Bilateral vestibular loss
  • Central vestibular dysfunction (from stroke, brain injury, multiple sclerosis)
  • Migraine-associated dizziness
  • Presbystasis
  • Motion sensitivity or visually provoked dizziness
  • Cervicogenic dizziness


Acoustic Neuroma

Aging and Dizziness

Anxiety and Stress Dizziness


Bilateral Vestibular Loss

Cervicogenic Dizziness


How Does the Balance System Work?

Persistent Postural-Perceptual Dizziness (3PD)

Physical Therapy and the VOR

Vestibular Migraine

Why see a PT for Dizziness?

Other Balance & Dizziness Patient Education Sheets

Physical Therapists

Our physical therapists specializing in the treatment of dizziness and balance have clinical experience, advanced training (including the vestibular competency-based training courses or residency training) and are board-certified neurologic clinical specialists or orthopedic clinical specialists.


Nora Darakjian, PT, DPT, NCS

Lori Ginoza, PT, DPT, NCS

Robbin Howard, PT, DPT, NCS

Rob Landel, PT, DPT, OCS

Jennifer Tanaka, PT, DPT, NCS


Location and Hours

Physical therapy for dizziness, vertigo and balance-related disorders physical impairments is offered at the following location:

USC Physical Therapy at the Health Sciences Campus