Vertigo and Dizziness
Vertigo is a debilitating condition that causes a sensation of spinning or dizziness, which can affect a person's balance and daily activities. It can be caused by the ear’s Vestibular system, including the inner ear, which aids in controlling balance and spatial awareness. Physical Therapy with an expert at OrthoRehab can be an effective treatment for Vertigo by using highly specialized techniques and Vestibular Rehabilitation exercises to improve balance, reduce dizziness, and restore normal function.
What Causes Vertigo?
Vertigo is often caused by problems in the inner ear, such as Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), which occurs when tiny crystals in the inner ear become dislodged and cause dizziness. Other causes of vertigo may include vestibular neuritis, Meniere's disease, and head injuries.
How Can Physical Therapy Help with Vertigo?
Physical Therapy can help reduce the symptoms of vertigo by using techniques that target the inner ear as well as supporting exercises to improve balance. A Physical Therapist can perform a comprehensive assessment to identify the specific type of Vertigo and develop a personalized treatment plan.
- Canalith Repositioning Maneuvers: A series of head movements designed to move the tiny crystals in the inner ear back to their proper position. This can relieve the symptoms of BPPV.
- Vestibular Rehabilitation Exercises: Specific exercises that target the inner ear and improve balance. These exercises may include head movements, eye exercises, and balance training.
- Gait and Balance Training: Gait and balance training can help improve walking patterns and reduce the risk of falls. Guided exercises may include walking on uneven surfaces, standing on one foot, and heel-to-toe walking.
- Education: Physical therapists can provide education on how to avoid triggers that can cause vertigo, such as sudden head movements or bright lights.
Vertigo can be a debilitating condition that highly affects a person's quality of life. Physical Therapy can be an effective treatment for vertigo by using specific exercises and techniques to improve balance, reduce dizziness, and restore normal function. A Vestibular Specialist can work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses your specific needs and goals. With a combination of Canalith Repositioning Maneuvers, Vestibular Rehabilitation exercises, gait and balance training, and education, patients can reduce the symptoms of vertigo. If you are experiencing vertigo, talk to your healthcare provider about whether Physical Therapy with OrthoRehab may be a suitable treatment option for you.