PT o fMelissa: Balance and Vertigo

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Dizziness, vertigo, and loss of balance are common symptoms reported by adults to theirdoctors.What isdizzinessandvertigoandhowcan itbe treated? Dizziness is a sensation of light-headedness, unsteadiness, or a feeling that theworld is bouncy or blurry.Vertigo is definedas aspinning sensation.There are many potential causes for these symptoms and if you have them, a visit to yourdoctor isanecessity!Medical reasons fordizziness includeadisturbance 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. The most common causesofvestibulardisordersareablow to thehead,aging,andviral 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. The most common complaints we hear at Physical Therapy of Melissa are: • The room starts spinning when I roll over in bed or sit up • 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: Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) is a condition resulting from loosedebris thatfalls intooneof thesemi-circularcanals in the innerear.These crystalsdonotbelong in thesemicircularcanaland theresult is intensevertigo withcertainheadpositions.Thissensationofspinningoccursmostcommonly 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. At Physical Therapy of Melissa, our vestibular specialist, Dr. Pamela Berner, has been specially trained in the proper techniques to treat this condition. Peoplewithdizzinessandvertigocanhighlybenefitfromvestibularrehabilitation therapy done by the experienced physical therapists at Physical Therapy of Melissa. 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!

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