Treating Vertigo

How vertigo treatment works

Ivy Rehab Physical Therapy offers vertigo treatment for patients suffering from benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) as well as balance problems including issues related to difficulty walking and an unsteady gait. Ivy Rehab has been providing patients with outstanding service for more than a decade.

What is vertigo?

Vertigo is a common condition that creates the sensation of having an unbalanced equilibrium. Vertigo is not a specific disease but rather a symptom that results from an issue in the inner ear or brain. Often, individuals experiencing vertigo suffer brief episodes of mild to intense dizziness. Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) is typically triggered by changes in head position such as tilting your head up, down, or side-to-side. While vertigo can be bothersome, it is rarely serious. But vertigo can become dangerous as it increases your risk of falls.

Causes & Risk Factors of vertigo:

Vertigo can be caused by a problem in the inner ear (peripheral vertigo), or by an issue in the brain or central nervous system (central vertigo). In the case of BPPV, small crystals of calcium carbonate that typically remain in the otolith organs (a structure in the saccule or utricle of the inner ear) enter the semicircular canal located in the inner ear. These dislodged crystals cause the brain to receive confusing messages about your body's position. While vertigo can occur at any time, it is most common in individuals who have suffered head injuries or are using certain medications. In some individuals, alcohol consumption can also trigger vertigo.

Symptoms of vertigo:

  • Spinning sensation
  • Lightheadedness
  • Unsteadiness
  • Loss of balance
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Abnormal eye movements
  • Fear of falling
  • Inability to steady one's visual field

Symptoms of vertigo can last a few minutes to a few hours or more and may come and go.

Recovery from vertigo:

While there are numerous ways to treat and recover from vertigo, physical therapy has been one of the most successful forms of treatment. Through the development of a personalized exercise plan, a physical therapist can help you manage your symptoms and create restoration to balance. This is typically done with head and neck movements, activities aimed at correcting gaze instability, or in some cases canal repositioning exercises. Since each patient is different, results can vary depending on the level of vertigo that individual is experiencing. However, since physical therapy is so customizable, there is a high likelihood of finding a treatment plan that is right for you.

Schedule your appointment today at an Ivy Rehab Physical Therapy location near you to learn more about vertigo treatment.

 

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