Vertigo and Vestibular Rehabilitation

If you’ve experienced vertigo, you know it! It can be alarming and come on suddenly. Vertigo is short for BPPV, which stands for benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. Don’t worry about the long name for now. Basically the symptoms include nausea/vomiting, sudden eye movements, headache, sweating, or ringing in the ears. It is unpleasant, to say the least.

Vestibular rehabilitation is the answer to this unpleasant problem. It’s treatment performed for patients that have dizziness or other symptoms regarding their inner ear.

Most of the time, people do not think of having a physical therapist examine and treat the problem. However, physical therapists are trained in diagnosing and treating these various disorders. Many times medications can help lower the severity, but they don’t totally address the problem. This is because specific vestibular exercises and head movements need to be performed by a therapist.

Vertigo is one cause of dizziness, and the most frequent reason a physical therapist would treat dizziness. It can cause a spinning sensation, as well as severe nausea. Vertigo, or BPPV, is usually positional and can last short durations like 10-20 seconds, or can occur much longer.  A physical therapist is trained to understand and find the location and severity of the vertigo, ensuring successful treatment. Our therapists use a noninvasive approach of customized exercises and repositioning maneuvers that can aid in recovery.

A trained therapist will be able to distinguish the difference between vertigo and other issues that could be causing your dizziness. A therapist will catch any other diagnoses that need to be made, which is very important, since sometimes the issues are more serious and require a referral to a neurological specialist.

If you or a loved one is suffering from vertigo or dizziness/balance disorders, call us! We are happy to answer your questions or have you come in for an evaluation to begin to address the problem.