What Can Physical Therapy do for Your Vertigo?

 

 

Have you ever felt like your world is spinning? You may have a condition called benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) or better known as Vertigo. Physical therapy is a great source to assist individuals in improving their balance and other symptoms related to Vertigo. Below you will learn more about Vertigo and ways to improve symptoms. Call Bryant Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy to learn more about how to improve symptoms.

 

What is Vertigo?

Vertigo is a sensation of feeling off balance, often caused by inner ear problems. The vestibular system includes parts of the inner ear and brain that process information involved with controlling balance and eye movements. If these areas are damaged by disease or injury it can result in the development of vertigo. Vertigo typically occurs when tiny calcium particles clump up in the canals of the inner ear. The inner ear is an important source that sends signals to the brain about body movements related to gravity.  

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Causes of Vertigo

Vertigo is often caused by an inner ear problem. Some of the most common causes include:

  • Meniere’s disease.
  • Whiplash
  • Ear infections
  • High doses or long-term use of antibiotics
  • Stroke

 

Symptoms of Vertigo

Vertigo is often triggered by a change in the position of your head. People with vertigo typically describe it as feeling like they are:

  • Spinning
  • Tilting
  • Swaying
  • Unbalanced
  • Pulled to one direction
  • Feeling nauseated
  • Vomiting
  • Abnormal or jerking eye movements (nystagmus)
  • Headache  
  • Sweating
  • Ringing in the ears or hearing loss

Treatment for Vertigo

Treatment for Vertigo varies according to the severity, and may consist of head maneuvers, diet changes, a special form of physical therapy called vestibular rehabilitation therapy. Here are a few things to expect when you visit our physical therapy clinics.

Soft Tissue Work to the Neck:

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Above we have images available showing Brenda one of our Physical Therapists working on the suboccipital region, and areas of the upper shoulder muscles. Manual therapy is a method commonly prescribed in the management of dizziness of a suspected cervical origin.

 

Exercises for Vertigo:

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Above you can see our Exercise Specialist Cynthia performing Cervical Rotation Exercises. Exercises like these are good for those beginning an exercise program for vertigo.

Setup: Begin sitting upright. Movement: Turn your head over one shoulder, then return to the starting position and repeat on the other side. Tip: Make sure to keep your eyes concentrated on a specific object. For example, the tip of a pen. You should not feel any strain or pain.

 

If you are experiencing symptoms related to those mentioned above, visit your primary care doctor to see if physical therapy is right for you. Or if you have already been treated for Vertigo contact Bryant Orthopedic & Physical Therapy Atwater & Merced, CA today to see how physical therapy can help you! Also, get a look at our Instagram and Facebook page for more exercises available to assist in managing symptoms related to vertigo.

 

Reference:

Lystad, R. P., Bell, G., Bonnevie-Svendsen, M., & Carter, C. V. (2011). Manual therapy with and without vestibular rehabilitation for cervicogenic dizziness: a systematic review. Chiropractic & manual therapies19(1), 21. doi:10.1186/2045-709X-19-21

Sloane PD. Dizziness in primary care: Results from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey. Journal of Family Practice. 1989;29(1):33–38.

Yardley L, Owen N, Nazareth I, Luxon L. Prevalence and presentation of dizziness in a general practice community sample of working age people. British Journal of General Practice. 1998;48(429):1131–1135. 

 

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