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At Real Health Rehab we have experienced doctors and support staff who help you with vertigo. Vertigo is the most common cause of severe dizziness, especially in older people. Head trauma, falls, and car accidents are common causes In the elderly people it occurs suddenly with no apparent injury. It is an inner ear condition, where small calcium particles become displaced out of the gravity sensor of the inner ear balance structure. The particles then move into the rotation sensor. This results in a sense of spinning with position change, usually with turning over in bed, lying down, bending down, or tilting the head back. The symptoms can range from severely disabling to a mild annoyance. Other common symptoms associated with BPPV are unsteadiness, nausea, a sense of blurred vision, and neck tightness. To alleviate this problem Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy is a very specific treatment that involves particular positional maneuvers to move the displaced particles back to the gravity sensors, allowing them to settle or dissolve back into the place they are intended to be. The result of specific maneuvers usually provides immediate relief of the condition.The diagnosis and treatment of this condition does cause dizziness during the treatment session. It is recommend you bring a companion to drive to and from your treatment to ensure your safe return home after the session. The procedures are done slowly, carefully, and at your pace. However, there can be some lasting sensations of dizziness after the session.
What is Vertigo?
Vertigo is actually a symptom, rather than a condition. It is the sensation of spinning, feeling dizzy and unbalanced. The feeling can be mild or intense and last for a few seconds or be constant and persist for days. One of the main concerns with vertigo, especially among older adults, is that the loss of balance can lead to falls that cause injuries, such as bone fractures and sprains.
What Causes Vertigo?
There are a number causes of Vertigo. The most common is benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), a condition in which certain head movements trigger the sensation of vertigo. Other causes of vertigo include migraines, inner ear infections, cold viruses, head trauma, certain diseases such as Meniere’s disease or multiple sclerosis, and vestibular neutralities, (an inflammation of the vestibular nerve). This is a nerve in the inner ear that transmits messages to the brain to maintain balance. BPPV affects women twice as much as men and is more prevalent in older patients, and nearly always occurs without a known cause.
What Treatment Options are There for BPPV?
BPPV often goes away on its own within several weeks or months. However, if it doesn’t or if symptoms are too bothersome, it can be effectively treated by a physical therapist with a series of movements called “Canalith repositioning.”
Canalith repositioning entails several slow and simple maneuvers used to reposition the head. The procedure aims to move particles from the fluid-filled semicircular canals of the inner ear into a tiny bag-like open area that houses one of the eolith organs in the ear where these particles are more easily reabsorbed, removing the source of vertigo.
This therapeutic procedure is generally effective after only one or two treatments. The therapist can also show the patient how to perform this repositioning procedure at home without assistance.