Some people first heard the term “vertigo” when they watched a certain movie that was produced in the middle part of the last century. There is a large group of people who first heard that word when they talked to their doctor about why they felt so dizzy or felt off balance. If you deal with dizziness and vertigo on a regular basis, you have treatment options available to you.
Vertigo is the term that describes the sensation you have when you feel off balance. It is accompanied by dizzy spells. You could be standing still and yet it feels like the world is spinning all around you.
There are a couple of reasons why you might have vertigo. The most common reason for dizziness and vertigo is a problem with the inner ear. In most people, calcium particles build up inside their inner ear canal. The inner ear is what your body uses to signal your brain in order to keep your head level based on gravity. Your inner ear and the calcium particles in it help you keep your balance. When the calcium particles in someone’s ear have become dislodged and end up in parts of the ear where they shouldn’t be, it is referred to as BPPV, or benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. Researchers have seen a link between this disease and age.
Meniere’s disease is another reason why you may have dizziness and vertigo. This disease also affects the inner ear. But instead of dislodging the calcium in your ear, it causes fluid to build up, which changes the pressure in your ears. In addition to causing you to feel vertigo, you will also feel a ringing sensation in your ear. In some instances, it can even lead to hearing loss.
For most people, vertigo is triggered when they change the position of their head. So a person may quickly look from one side of the room to another and out of nowhere, it feels like the room is spinning. They may feel like they are tilting from one site to another or like the room is swaying back and forth as if they were sitting on a hammock. It is not uncommon for people with vertigo to say that they feel unbalanced or like gravity is pulling them in one direction or another.
Because of this dizzy feeling, a person with vertigo often experiences nausea or vomiting, headaches, sweating or abnormal movement of the eyes. Since vertigo can be caused by a wide range of issues, the treatment for vertigo varies depending on what is causing it. Thankfully, dizziness and vertigo often disappear on their own. This is because, over time, your brain learns to adapt to the changes that are taking place in your inner ear. It starts to use other senses to tell it which way is up and to help keep you balanced.
For others, however, the dizziness and vertigo never go away on their own. At The NeuroMedical Institute, our medical professionals provide vestibular rehabilitation for patients suffering from vertigo. This is a form of therapy that’s designed to make your vestibular system stronger. Your vestibular system is what helps your brain understand where your head is located in relation to gravity. Your personally-tailored vestibular rehabilitation plan will utilize specially designed equipment to help you regain your sense of balance. To learn more about how we can help you with dizziness and vertigo, contact our office in Panama City today to schedule your consultation.