Vertigo

Vertigo is defined as a condition where a person feels as if they or the objects around them are spinning when they are not. Most causes of vertigo involve the inner ear (vestibular system) and it is often associated with nausea or dizziness. Our team of physical therapists at our Little Canada, Woodbury and Wyoming location are trained to treat a variety of vestibular rehab conditions like vertigo without the need for surgery or pharmaceutical drugs.

Vertigo

What is Vertigo?

Vertigo is defined as a symptom where a person feels as if they or the objects around them are spinning when they are not. Most causes of vertigo involve the inner ear (vestibular system) and it is often associated with nausea or dizziness.

Vertigo is caused by a variety of conditions, including cervical spine issues, inner ear infections, surgery impacting the inner ear, head injury impacting the inner ear, or benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) or “loose crystals”.

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), or loose crystals is one of the most common causes of vertigo and is due to crystals that have become dislodged in the inner ear. Not all forms of vertigo are derived from BPPV but it is often easy to diagnose and treat in physical therapy through a non-invasive test of head movements and watching the eyes for involuntary eye movements.

BPPV is treated in physical therapy primarily through the Epley Maneuver, a non-invasive treatment that allows the free-floating particles (loose crystals) to relocate through gravity back to the utricle (ear canal). This typically resolves BPPV and patients often don’t require additional therapy, but many follow up with balance training or preventative treatments for inner ear conditions.

If following your treatment, you have dizziness and balance conditions that persist after your vertigo has stopped, your physical therapist can develop a treatment plan that targets those problems.

Why is Physical Therapy Important for the Treatment of Vertigo?

Vertigo, dizziness and imbalance are often treated effectively with vestibular rehab physical therapy without the need for surgery or medications. Through physical therapy, elderly patients can maintain their independence longer, despite frequent slips and falls or the need to hold onto objects when they walk. At your appointment, your physical therapist will work with you to help improve your balance and leg strength, your gait (your walk) and your neck mobility. Your therapist will also conduct an inner ear exam and develop an effective plan of care.

It is critical to identify the need for physical therapy for vertigo, dizziness and imbalance early to improve the patient’s quality of life and reduce their risk of slips and falls. In addition, many times physical therapy is all that is needed to treat the patient without the need for surgery and medication. The preventative exercises the patient learns at physical therapy is often all that is needed to significantly reduce or eliminate completely the effects of vertigo, dizziness and imbalance.

Why Are We Different?

At Access Group Physical Therapy, our team of physical therapists specializes in the treatment of vestibular rehabilitation, including vertigo, dizziness and imbalance. Our team of Doctors of Physical Therapy work with you 1:1 to develop a personalized plan of care and will teach you exercises at your first evaluation to significantly reduce or eliminate your condition. Our team of physical therapists specialize in identifying the source of your condition and helps you get your quality of life back and minimize the risk of slips and falls without the need for surgery or medication. Give us a call today at 651-330-2286 to see how we can help.