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Find Relief from Vertigo & Inner Ear Disorders

The following information is some of the more common vestibular issues people get. All of these types of issues can benefit greatly from receiving vestibular rehabilitation.

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
There are very small calcium carbonate crystals within the canals in the inner ear. When these crystals become dislodged, there are characteristic symptoms which occur, that are listed below. There is a very simple maneuver that your physiotherapist can perform and teach you to do by yourself that will resolve these symptoms.

Characteristics:

  • Episodic vertigo (spinning sensation)
  • Typical lasts less than one minute
  • Occurs when the head is moved into certain positions

Phoenix's own Carly Tayler (PT) talking vertigo on CKPG's To Your Health.



Labyrinthitis and Vestibular Neuritis
Neuritis and labyrinthitis are inner ear disorders resulting from an infection that inflames the nerves connecting the inner ear to the brain. Symptoms usually come on suddenly and are reduced within a few days. Initially, medication is required to help with the swelling and possible infection. Vestibular rehabilitation is very beneficial after the initial onset to help reduce symptoms, improve balance, and reduce dizziness.

Characteristics:

  • Vertigo (sensation of spinning)
  • Dizziness
  • Poor balance
  • Loss of hearing (in labyrinthitis only)
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Changes in eyesight


Vestibular Migraine (a.k.a Migraine Associated Vertigo)
This form of vestibular pathology is extremely prevalent and usually strikes between the ages of 20 and 40. Appropriate medications, vestibular rehabilitation, as well as education regarding lifestyle modification can help.

Characteristics:

  • Usually unilateral onset to head pain (one side)
  • Throbbing or pounding
  • Light and sound sensitivity
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Motion intolerance
  • Spontaneous vertigo attacks (sensation of spinning)
  • Loss of balance


Meniere’s Disease
Meniere’s disease is an uncommon, incurable disease resulting from an abnormal amount of fluid (endolymph) in the inner ear. The exact cause is unknown, but education regarding lifestyle modification, vestibular rehabilitation, and education of treatment options can be beneficial.

Characteristics:

  • Tinnitus (ringing ears)
  • Hearing loss
  • Dizziness and balance issues
  • Headache and increased ear pressure


Persistent Postural-Perceptual Dizziness (PPPD)
PPPD was formerly known as chronic subjective dizziness. Proper medication, vestibular rehabilitation, as well as counseling can be beneficial.

Characteristics:

  • Persistent sensation of rocking or swaying without vertigo lasting 3 or more months
  • Symptoms present more than 15 out of 30 days
  • Symptoms are worse with head and body movement, upright postures or motion-rich environments


As well as the pathologies listed above, the following vestibular issues can also be treated by our physiotherapist:

  • Bilateral vestibular hypofunction
  • Acoustic neuroma
  • Age-related dizziness and imbalance
  • Cervicogenic dizziness
  • Tinnitus
  • Concussion
  • Pediatric vestibular disorders


Contact us today to learn more about Vestibular Rehabilitation options.

How Can Physiotherapy Help You?

Much like labrynthitis, this type of vertigo is treated through exercises that help your vestibular system cope and adapt with the dizziness and balance issues. Education on lifestyle modification is also an important aspect of treatment. In addition to physiotherapy, most patients take supplementary medications prescribed by a medical doctor.


Book a consultation to find the source and best treatment for your vertigo today!

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