Have you recently started feeling dizzy? Can Physical Therapy help? Yes it can!
Dizziness is a feeling of lightheadedness or unsteadiness. Dizziness can have many different causes
including low blood pressure, dehydration, vision disturbances, or lack of blood flow to the brain.
Vertigo has a spinning or rotational component and is the perception of movement either of yourself or objects in your environment. Vertigo may last for seconds or hours and is related to inner ear dysfunction.
A common type of vertigo is benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). BBPV results in vertigo and other symptoms with certain head movements, such as getting out of bed, rolling over in bed, bending over or looking up. The most common cause of BPPV in people under the age of 50 is head injury, which can be as minor as a bump on the head at home or as severe as a major blow in a car accident. It can also be related to migraines or sinus/allergy problems. BPPV becomes much more common with advancing age and about 50% of dizziness in people over the age of 65 is due to BPPV. BPPV occurs when small crystals called otoconia become displaced and cause false signals to be sent to the brain about movement in space.
Physical therapy treatment includes particle repositioning head maneuvers and vestibular rehabilitation exercises. BPPV head maneuvers can be performed in one session in the office and are very effective, with a cure rate of approximately 80%. For those individuals not cured with head maneuvers, vestibular rehab exercises are designed to retrain the brain to recognize and process signals from the vestibular system in coordination with information from the visual and proprioceptive systems.
If you are experiencing dizziness, schedule an appointment with SSI today and stop the spinning!