Physical Therapy for Vertigo
Vertigo is the intensely abnormal sense of rotation, rocking, moving, or spinning that happens even when someone is perfectly still.
When you experience vertigo, it can last for a few seconds or hours, or even days, and can lead to symptoms like lightheadedness (fainting sensation), balance loss, blurred vision, nausea, and vomiting.
What are the Most Common Causes of Vertigo?
From medication changes to something more complex like a neurological condition, the causes of vertigo can turn your whole world upside down (literally). One of the well-known causes of vertigo is benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), which occurs due to a mechanical change in the inner ear.
There are hundreds of other possible causes of vertigo. Attempting a treatment at home for the wrong type can cause a severe escalation in symptoms, sometimes leading to unnecessary hospitalization. We strongly advise against self-treatment of vertigo due to the potential for extreme worsening of the condition.
Some of the possible causes of treatable vertigo include:
- Central Nervous System Irritation Issues
- Cervical Spine Sprain, Issues Strain or Distortion
- Inner Ear or Sinus Infections or Swelling
- Meniere’s Disease (Pressure and Ringing in One or Both Ears)
- Migraine and Headaches
- Head Injury, Concussion, or Other Blow to the Skull
- Stroke or Mini-Stroke
- Vascular Impediment due to Cranial Distortion or Spinal Distortion
How Can Physical Therapy Treat Vertigo?
Physical therapy is the most effective treatment option for vertigo. Typically, vertigo symptoms can be completely resolved after one or two visits through the use of non-invasive treatment options. Sometimes, more appointments are needed to handle an underlying condition before the dizziness will fully resolve.
At Bayside Physical Therapy, we will perform an evaluation to determine the cause of your vertigo and to determine the risks associated with the situation.
Based on the evaluation, a customized treatment plan will be developed for you. Ranging from manual intervention to specialized head and neck movements to other methods of rebalancing the body, these treatment strategies will target your problem areas and help to eliminate the dizziness and restore your balance, thus returning you to your unimpaired abilities in life.
When Should You Seek Help for Vertigo Symptoms?
If you experience a sudden onset of vertigo accompanied by one or more of the following red-flag symptoms, you should call 911 immediately:
- Severe and Sudden Arm or Leg Weakness
- Change in Alertness
- Double Vision
- Difficulty Speaking
The above symptoms could indicate an evolving neurological medical emergency (such as a stroke, which responds best to immediate intervention).
Without those red-flag symptoms, whether your vertigo symptoms are mild or severe, contact Bayside Physical Therapy right away at (727) 441-5044 to schedule an evaluation for prompt management and eradication of your vertigo.