Vertigo is a sensation of spinning. If you have these dizzy spells, you might feel like you are spinning or that the world around you is spinning. Vertigo is often triggered by a change in the position of your head. People with vertigo typically describe it as feeling like they are:
- Pulled to one direction
Other symptoms that may accompany vertigo include:
- Feeling nauseated
- Abnormal or jerking eye movements (nystagmus)
- Headache Sweating
- Ringing in the ears or hearing loss
- Symptoms can last a few minutes to a few hours or more and may come and go.
Treatment for vertigo:
Treatment for vertigo depends on what's causing it. In many cases,vertigo goes away without any treatment. This is because your brain is able to adapt, at least in part, to the inner ear changes, relying on other mechanisms to maintain balance. For some, treatment is needed and may include:
Vestibular rehabilitation - This is a type of physical therapy aimed at helping strengthen the vestibular system. The function of the vestibular system is to send signals to the brain about head and body movements relative to gravity. Vestibular rehab may be recommended if you have recurrent bouts of vertigo. It helps train your other senses to compensate for vertigo.
Canalith repositioning maneuvers - Guidelines from the American Academy of Neurology recommend a series of specific head and body movements for BPPV. The movements are done to move the calcium deposits out of the canal into an inner ear chamber so they can be absorbed by the body. You will likely have vertigo symptoms during the procedure as the canaliths move. A doctor or physical therapist can guide you through the movements. The movements are safe and often effective.
Medicine - In some cases, medication may be given to relieve symptoms such as nausea or motion sickness associated with vertigo. If vertigo is caused by an infection or inflammation, antibiotics or steroids may reduce swelling and cure infection. For Meniere's disease, diuretics (water pills) may be prescribed to reduce pressure from fluid buildup.
Surgery - In a few cases, surgery may be needed for vertigo. If vertigo is caused by a more serious underlying problem, such as a tumor or injury to the brain or neck, treatment for those problems may& help to alleviate the vertigo.
At Connections, the treatment of vertigo is dependent on the cause. Our thorough evaluation of your condition will guide us to the accurate diagnosis. It will also allow us to develop a therapeutic strategy that is individual to your presentation, and get you back to your healthiest as soon as possible. If you're suffering from Vertigo - don't wait. Call 434-529-6248 (Charlottesville) or 540-400-8505 (Roanoke) OR click the REQUEST AN APPOINTMENT link at the top right-hand side of this page to schedule your evaluation!