Treatment for Vertigo

October 8, 2018

 

 

Vertigo is a sensation of imbalance where one feels an overwhelming sense of spinning and dizziness. Those with vertigo experience this sensation for several hours, sometimes even days. Contact our Ronkonkoma physical therapist at United Rehab Physical Therapy if you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of vertigo.

 

 

What causes vertigo?

 

There are several causes for vertigo, and they can be defined depending on whether the causes are peripheral or central. Peripheral is caused by a problem within the inner ear, and central arises in the brain or spinal cord.

 

Some causes of vertigo include:

 

  • Meniere's disease

  • Vestibular neuritis or labyrinthitis

  • Ear infections

 

 

What are the symptoms of vertigo?

 

Vertigo patients describe vertigo as feeling like they are:

 

  • Unbalanced

  • Spinning

  • Swaying

  • Being pulled in one direction

  • Tilting

 

Other symptoms may include:

 

  • Nausea and/or vomiting

  • Nystagmus - involuntary eye movement

  • A headache

  • Sweating

  • Hearing loss or ringing in the ears

 

Symptoms can last anywhere between a few minutes to more than a few hours. If you are experiencing constant vertigo symptoms, visit our Ronkonkoma physical therapist for treatment options.

 

 

How do you treat vertigo?

 

Depending on what’s causing your vertigo, you may or may not need treatment. Vertigo tends to go away on its own because the brain, in part, adapts to the inner ear changes. In some cases, treatment is the only way of relieving it.

 

Some treatment options our Ronkonkoma physical therapist may include are:

 

  • Vestibular rehabilitation - This form of therapy is aimed to strengthen the vestibular system which is responsible for sending the brain signals regarding head and body movements. This form of treatment is recommended for individuals with recurrent bouts of vertigo.

  • Medication - In cases of inner-ear infections, your doctor may prescribe medication to reduce swelling and cure the infection. Sometimes, it’s recommended to relieve nausea.

  • Epley maneuver - This is a form of exercise done to treat benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, a type of vertigo.

 

Visit our Ronkonkoma physical therapist today if you are seeking vertigo treatment, or call our office for any vertigo-related questions.

 

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