What is Vertigo & how can physical therapy help? (by Heather Sanford, PTA)
by jessicag, September 21, 2018
Vertigo is a common term for the sensation of spinning that one may feel even though they are staying still. There are some serious causes of Vertigo, but it usually gets better with time and is not a symptom of an underlying condition.
|Dizziness- this can begin within seconds after a certain head motion and can last up to a minute or less|
Common causes of vertigo involve the inner ear and result from an inner ear infection, migraines, head injury or stroke. Vertigo can affect people of all ages. The following questions can help your doctor or physical therapist diagnose and determine your best treatment:
- When did you begin having Vertigo symptoms?
- What were you doing when the symptoms began? (turning your head, bending over, rolling over in bed, standing still)
- How long does the spinning sensation last?
- Do you have any other symptoms associated with the Vertigo? (nausea, ringing ears or hearing loss)
Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants can often treat Vertigo with specific head and neck maneuvers depending of the cause of your Vertigo. Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo, or BPPV, is the most common diagnosed form of Vertigo and can be treated with special exercises both at home and in the office.
If you think that you may have symptoms of Vertigo please feel free to call and schedule an appointment with a Physical Therapist today through direct access to see if we can help you!!