Understanding Vertigo

Posted by on Dec 13, 2013 in Tips | 0 comments

Understanding Vertigo

There is about 20 to 30% of the population affected by Vertigo.  This is a type of dizziness where the patient feels like he or the environment is spinning around. Nausea, vomiting and balance issues are often associated with Vertigo and there are about 3 types of this condition.

The first type is called objective because the patient feels that the objects around him or her are moving. The second is subjective where the patient feels like he or she is spinning. The last type of Vertigo is called pseudo vertigo where the sensation of spinning is inside the patient’s head.

Vertigo may be present in any age and studies show that the prevalence increases with age.

Vertigo has many different causes and proper diagnosis is required because symptoms may often be mistaken for something else. The most common causes of vertigo are Meniere’s disease, migraines, head injury, alcoholic intoxication, multiple sclerosis, acoustic neuroma, brain tumor and medication.

Medical attention is immediately needed if your vertigo episode comes with headache or coordination problems. If it also lasts more than a couple of days, it is best to see a doctor.

Vertigo may last for a few hours to a few days but it is possible to have symptoms that will become persistent. To best realize whether your vertigo requires more medical attention, simply get checked. The doctor will ask you a series of questions and check to categorize your vertigo as peripheral or central. Peripheral vertigo is common and can be diagnosed by moving the head and checking whether dizziness will occur at certain positions and will disappear when the head goes back to neutral position. Central, on the other hand, is a more serious issue that often results from a problem in the brain stem or cerebellum. Checking the eye will also show whether the problem is peripheral or central.

Treatment of vertigo depends on the severity and duration of the symptoms. Usually, bed rest can do a lot of help to relieve the patient of the spinning sensation. Other times, a doctor will prescribe medication like meclizine or tranquilizer.

Those who suffer benign paroxysmal positional vertigo may have to undergo therapy in a clinic where the head and the body will be moved through a series of positions. The doctor may also some teach you some method of body positioning that you can do at home. If you have a more persistent type of vertigo, you may have to undergo balance rehabilitation. A series of movements will be done depending on what the doctor sees as the causes of your dizziness are. In this case, physical therapy will be recommended.

Vertigo may often be brushed aside because many people see it as not very risky. However, it may be a symptom for a more serious condition so it is important to get diagnosed properly especially if your symptoms persist.

You might benefit from Vestibular Rehabilitation Training (VRT) that can be performed by a therapist. Visit RockPhysicalTherapy to see what options you have to treat your vertigo.

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