Vertigo

Vertigo is usually described by patients as a feeling of the “room spinning around them”, a feeling of “waviness”, sometimes “light headedness”, “nausea”, or a feeling of “imbalance”. There are many different individualized descriptions of symptoms.

Common hallmark signs of vertigo are:

  • Symptoms are often brought on by the same movement (i.e. rolling in bed, turning the head, bending over)
  • Symptoms are often brought on by the same activity (i.e. reading, driving, getting out of bed, picking up objects from the floor)
  • Symptoms can last anywhere from 30 secs – 24 hrs
  • Symptoms can usually be made to improve after time or after changing positions
  • Patients have increased falls or loss of balance

Common diagnoses associated with vertigo:

  • BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo)
  • Cervicogenic vertigo
  • Central vertigo
  • Orthostatic hypotension
  • Vestibular ocular dysfunction
  • Vestibular hypofunction

Common treatments

  • Relocation of semicircular canal crystals
  • Working on static and dynamic balance
  • Desensitization of vertigo symptoms
  • Improving proprioception
  • Improving vestibular ocular reflect
  • Learning compensatory actions

Our Dr. of Physical Therapy will perform a thorough evaluation to determine what is the cause of your vertigo symptoms. You will be educated on the cause of your symptoms and given a prognosis. You will be taught home exercises throughout your treatment to be used should your symptoms return in the future.