If you experience dizziness, it could be vertigo!
Did you know that physical therapy is the number 1 treatment for BPPV symptoms? That’s right! A trained physical therapist can help your vertigo symptoms. The most common cause of BPPV is due to benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, or what we like to call BPPV. It is due to a problem in your inner ear. We all have small structures called otoconia in our inner ear. These are normally located in the utricle and saccule in the inner ear. These structures allow us to feel where we are in space. They can become dislodged into the semicircular canals and cause BPPV.
Key Features of Vertigo:
- Symptoms increase with changes of head movement and position changes, most commonly rolling over in bed, bending over or looking up
- Common to have occurrences at the hair dresser or dentist
- Vertigo occurs within 1-30 seconds and resolves within 60 seconds when in the provoking position
- Nystagmus (repetitive, uncontrolled eye movements) occurs
- Nausea can occur
Causes of Vertigo:
- Vertigo can occur randomly
- Trauma (car accident, head injury)
- Occurs in people with certain vestibular pathologies
How can PT help?
- Comprehensive Assessment: A physical therapist will conduct a thorough evaluation to identify the root cause of your vertigo and create a targeted treatment plan for your needs.
- Customized Exercises: A physical therapist will tailor exercises and maneuvers for your specific case to improve balance and coordination, and reduce symptoms associated with vertigo.
- Vestibular Rehabilitation: Physical therapists are specialized to focus on the vestibular system, enhancing its function and minimizing your dizziness and disorientation.
- Patient Education: A physical therapist will provide you with the knowledge about your condition, triggers, and self-management strategies for better long-term results.
- Progress Monitoring: A physical therapist will continue to assess and adjust your treatment plan to ensure optimal progress and effectiveness.
- Posture and Body Mechanics: A physical therapist will address issues related to posture and body mechanics that may contribute to vertigo, promoting overall stability.
- Collaboration with Other Specialists: A physical therapist will coordinate your care with other healthcare professionals to address underlying medical issues that may contribute to your vertigo.
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