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Dizziness and Vertigo
Vertigo and dizziness are very common issues leading patients to seek medical attention, with an estimated 42% of adults reporting dizziness at some time. Although common in all age groups, both increase in frequency with age. Did you know that physical therapy can often help provide relief and deal with the cause of these issues? Read on to learn more!
Is there a difference between dizziness and vertigo?
Both are symptoms of other conditions, rather than independent diagnoses. Vertigo is generally thought of as a sense of spinning, whereas dizziness can be lightheaded, floating, rocking, imbalanced, feeling off.
What causes dizziness and vertigo?
Both symptoms can be caused by many underlying issues including:
- Central (MS, strokes, migraine, cerebellar involvement, concussion)
- Peripheral (BPPV, vestibular neuritis, labyrinthitis, Meniere’s disease)
- Sensory imbalance (Visual changes, sensory changes, decrease in vestibular function)
*This is not a comprehensive list of causes
I’ve been experiencing a lot of dizziness. How can PT help?
Physical therapy will help the most if you have dizziness due to inner ear conditions, as well as concussions or neck dysfunction (including poor posture). It can also really help individuals with sensory imbalance. Your physical therapist will tailor your plan specifically to you and the cause of your symptoms.
Do you use any specialized tools during therapy?
In the Danbury office, we have infrared goggles that use infrared cameras to illuminate a patient’s eye, while leaving the patient in darkness. These allow vestibular physical therapists to examine and differentiate between peripheral (inner ear) and central (brain) causes of dizziness.
Watch the video below for a short demonstration of how the infrared goggles are used.
How long will it take for me to have relief from my symptoms?
This really depends on the cause of the symptoms, how long you have had them, and other co-morbidities that are involved. Your vestibular physical therapist will be able to give you a better timeline after the initial evaluation.
If you’re experiencing dizziness or vertigo, give us a call. We’d love to help!