Dizziness is frequently defined as “light-headedness,” but vertigo is usually described as a spinning sensation. They frequently have different causes and remedies. Vertigo is a spinning sensation that might make you feel as if you’re moving or the room is spinning around you, even if you’re perfectly still. The inner ear is involved in the majority of vertigo causes (“vestibular system”). Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo is a type of vertigo that occurs when your head is moved in particular postures and generates a spinning feeling for a short amount of time.
Signs and Symptoms
Vertigo can be caused by a variety of factors, including:
- Inner ear infections or disorders
- Tumours, such as acoustic neuroma
- Surgery that removes or injures the inner ear or its nerves
- Head injury that results in injury to the inner ears
- A hole in the inner ear
You also might have:
- Abnormal eye movements
If you experience vertigo and one or more of the symptoms listed below, call 999 or emergency medical services right away.
- Double vision
- Difficulty speaking
- Difficulty swallowing food
- A change in alertness
- Arm or leg weakness
- Inability to walk
- Fainting and blackouts
Your physiotherapist at Physiocare Twyford, Reading, will use your answers to the following questions to assess the cause of your vertigo and the best treatment plan for you:
- When did you first experience vertigo (a spinning sensation)?
- When you get vertigo, what do you do (turn your head, bend over, stand completely still, roll in bed)?
- What is the duration of the vertigo (seconds, minutes, hours, days)?
- Have you ever experienced vertigo?
- Do you have hearing loss, ringing in your ears, or a feeling of fullness in your ears?
- Do the spinning make you feel nauseous?
- Have you noticed any changes in your breathing or heart rate?
Your physiotherapist will run tests to figure out what’s causing your vertigo and estimate your risk of falling. Your therapist may propose additional testing or a visit with your physician based on the results of the tests.
How Can a Physiotherapist at Physiocare Twyford Reading Help?
The physiotherapist at Physiocare Twyford Reading will create a treatment plan for you based on your physiotherapist’s assessment and your recovery goals. The therapies you receive will be determined on the cause of your vertigo. Your therapist’s main goal is to help you begin moving again while also managing your vertigo. Specialized head and neck movements, as well as other exercises, may be used to help alleviate your discomfort. Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, for example, has extremely particular tests and treatments.
If you have dizzy and a balance problem after your vertigo has gone away, your physiotherapist can devise a treatment plan that specifically addresses those issues. Your physiotherapist will teach you coping methods to assist you manage your symptoms, such as:
- Do certain household activities or chores lead you to feel dizzy? To deal with the dizziness, your therapist will show you how to do those things in a new way.
- Have ordinary tasks become more difficult, resulting in weariness and dizziness? Your therapist will assist you in working through these symptoms as soon as possible so that you may get back to your normal routine at home and at work.
Dizziness physiotherapy treatments come in a variety of types. Your therapist may build an exercise programme for you based on your specific difficulties, which may include:
- Exercises to improve your balance
- Exercises to help the brain “correct” differences between your inner ears
- Exercises to improve your ability to focus your eyes and vision
Your physiotherapist at Physiocare Twyford Reading, may also recommend exercises to increase your strength, flexibility, and heart health, all with the objective of improving your overall physical health and well-being.
Our physiotherapist in Twyford, Reading are trained in Epley maneuver, if dizziness is related to Benign proximal positional vertigo- Epley’s maneuver could be helpful.
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