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What is vertigo?

 

Vertigo is the sensation of moving or spinning when you are stationary. It may be that you feel you are moving or that the environment around you is moving.
Symptoms may be mild for example a very brief episode of unsteadiness, like when you have just stepped off a boat or they may be severe and very debilitating where you feel you are falling, unsteady on your feet or experience nausea and may last for a number of days.

 

Most commonly vertigo is caused by a problem in your inner ear, which is the area that assists with balance. There can be many different causes for vertigo including but not limited to:
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV): calcium carbonate crystals (otoconia) which are usually embedded into gel in one part of your ear dislodge and freely float in the fluid of the middle ear
Migraines: severe headaches
Labrinthitis: infection of the inner ear
Vestibular Neuronitis: inflammation of the vestibular nerve

How long does vertigo last?

Depending on the cause of your vertigo symptoms can be brief, lasting just a few seconds to minutes or can be more chronic, lasting for days.

What are the symptoms of vertigo?

The most commonly reported symptom is that of spinning or moving, either yourself or the world around you.
Other symptoms may include, dizziness, nausea or vomiting, loss of balance or difficulty walking, blurred vision, decreased concentration, brain “fuzziness” or fatigue to name few.
Generally the symptoms depend on the cause of the vertigo so anything you can tell your doctor or physiotherapist regarding how you feel or what brings on your symptoms can help.

What are some suggestions for managing vertigo?

Depending on the cause of your vertigo the physiotherapist might assess your neck or perform some special tests to check your inner ear and balance. If the physiotherapist believes your symptoms are coming from your neck some gentle movements to mobilize your joints (get your joints moving) or loosen the surrounding muscles can be helpful. They will provide you with some exercises, stretches or advice on what you can then safely do at home. If it is related to a condition called BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo) the physiotherapist will perform a manoeuvre to help guide the crystals back into the chamber where they are supposed to be. If the physiotherapist does not believe that these are the causes of your dizziness/vertigo they will be able to direct you to the right health care professional to assist you.

Contact us now for immediate advice regarding vertigo.