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Do you suffer from dizziness?

Vertigo affects nearly 90 million Americans every year, and can be a symptom of inner ear disturbances or other conditions. Characterized by periods of dizziness, vertigo and imbalance can be an alarming experience that will require help from a medical specialist.

Symptoms of Vertigo

  • A sensation that everything is spinning
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of balance
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Vertigo Testing

Your doctor may test your balance, eye motion, and head movements. In some cases, blood tests and brain imaging may also be necessary for diagnostic and treatment purposes.

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Vertigo Treatment Options

Vestibular Rehabilitation

This physical habituation therapy is intended for patients who experience movement-induced vertigo. Through targeted training, vestibular rehabilitation helps strengthen your balance and stabilize your gaze.

Medicine

Depending on the cause of your vertigo, steroids, antibiotics, water pills, dizzy pills or anti-nausea medicine might be prescribed.

Canalith Repositioning Maneuvers

This non-invasive treatment involves a serious of specific head movements performed by your doctor to reposition the calcium deposits (otoconia) in your inner ear in an effort to relieve your vertigo.

Surgery

There are a variety of surgeries and procedures to help relieve severe vertigo.  These include intra-tympanic steroid injections, chemical ablation, placement of ear tubes, endolymphatic sac decompression, labyrinthectomy etc. These surgical options are reserved for patients that have failed more conservative treatments.

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Vertigo FAQs

What is vertigo?

Vertigo is where the person senses that he/she is spinning or the world around them is spinning. Dizziness is an umbrella term which can mean vertigo, lightheadedness, an off-balance feeling etc.

What are the inner ear causes of vertigo?

The most common cause of inner ear vertigo is a condition called Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo or "loose crystals in the ear." Other inner ear causes of vertigo include: Menieres disease, vestibular neuritis, a benign tumor on the nerve of hearing called an Acoustic Neuroma, and some other rare causes.

Why does the room spin when I roll over in bed?

This is usually due to a common type of vertigo called Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo or "loose crystals" This is a benign form of vertigo and can typically be corrected by repositioning the loose crystal with some maneuvers done in the office. This type of vertigo can be brought on by head trauma, but a lot of patients get this kind of vertigo for unknown reasons. This kind of vertigo is more common in women.

What is the treatment for vertigo?

The treatment depends on the cause of the vertigo. Treatment can include: medications such as steroids or water pills, low salt diet, surgery, tube placement, steroid injections into the ear, balance rehab or re-positioning the crystals with certain movements.

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