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RELIEVING DIZZINESS & VERTIGO “ Life Doesn’t Have To Always Be Unsteady ”

Dizziness, vertigo, and loss of balance are common symptoms reported by adults to their doctors. What is dizziness and vertigo and how can it be treated? Dizziness is a sensation of light- headedness, unsteadiness, or a feeling that the world is bouncy or blurry. Vertigo is defined as a spinning sensation. There are many potential causes for these symptoms and if you have them, a visit to your doctor is a necessity! Medical reasons for dizziness include a disturbance in your blood glucose, heart problems, or blood pressure problems. Once your doctor has ruled these conditions out, these symptoms could be due to an inner ear problem, also known as a vestibular disorder. A vestibular disorder is a dysfunction of the balance organs in the inner ear. Themost common causes of vestibular disorders are a blow to the head, aging, and viral infection. Our vestibular system includes parts of the inner ear and brain that help control balance and eye movements. If the system is damaged by disease, aging, or injury, a vestibular disorder can occur. The symptoms of a vestibular disorder

can be truly frightening and difficult to describe. Themost common complaints we hear at South Valley Physical Therapy are: • The room starts spinning when I roll over in bed or sit up

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) is a condition resulting from loose debris that falls into one of the semi-circular canals in the inner ear. These crystals do not belong in the semicircular canal and the result is intense vertigo with certain head positions. This sensation of spinning occurs most commonly when rolling in bed or sitting up. This is a very common condition and while the symptoms are dramatic, it is easily treated. Most people only require one or two treatments to completely abolish all their vertigo. People with dizziness and vertigo can highly benefit from vestibular rehabilitation therapy done by the experienced physical therapists at South Valley Physical Therapy. No matter your age, if you suffer from dizziness or vertigo you will benefit from physical therapy exercises to strengthen your balance sensors, reducing your symptoms and risk of falls. Start feeling like yourself again, give us a call today!

• A sensation of light-headedness • Dizziness that worsens in busy environments • Difficulty reading or watching TV • Staggering or losing your balance,

especially at night • Difficulty driving

Most common vestibular problems Vestibular disorders have big complicated names but the following condition is the most common and responds well to vestibular rehabilitation:

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