Do you ever feel dizzy or feel like the room is spinning? You may be dealing with vertigo. Vertigo is a prevalent vestibular condition that while not life-threatening, can affect your quality of life substantially. Despite the prevalence of vertigo, many people are not aware that physical therapy is an effective way to treat and manage vertigo. At Advance Physical Therapy, we offer physical therapy to treat vertigo and other balance disorders.
What is Vertigo?
Vertigo is a disorienting sensation of feeling off balance. Vertigo is often the result of an inner ear problem. Some of the most common causes of vertigo include benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), Meniere’s disease, and vestibular labyrinthitis or neuritis. Though not common, vertigo can be associated with head or neck injuries, migraines, or medications that damage the ears. Vertigo can be triggered when you change the position of your head. People with vertigo describe it as feeling like they are unbalanced, spinning, and swaying. Some other symptoms that people with vertigo experience are:
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Ringing in the ears.
How Can PT Help Vertigo?
Physical therapy is considered one of the best treatments for vertigo and other balance disorders. Our team can help you deal with your vertigo in several ways. We will assess your problem and determine the severity of your case. This will determine how we proceed with your treatment. The primary goal of physical therapy is to get you moving while managing your symptoms at the same time. This treatment can include specialized neck and head movements to help improve your symptoms.
If you still have balance problems and dizziness after the vertigo has subsided, we can help you cope with your symptoms through a targeted treatment plan. Here are some more ways physical therapy can help:
- If you become dizzy while doing chores or certain activities, we can show you how to perform these tasks in a way that helps reduce the dizziness.
- We can implement exercises that improve your balance, and exercises to improve your ability to focus your vision and eyes.
- Physical therapy can also consist of exercises that help restore balance to the vestibular system.
The symptoms associated with vertigo can be debilitating. If you are looking for ways to manage your vertigo, Advance Physical Therapy is here to help. Our attentive staff is well versed in helping patients with vestibular conditions, and will develop a physical therapy program to get you back to health. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!