Vestibular Therapy is one of the treatment plans being offered by Millwoods Physical Therapy Centre to manage vertigo. Vertigo is a type of dizziness that causes a sensation of spinning, swaying or tilting. The symptoms often get worse with a change in position. Dizziness is a symptom rather than a disease and can cause light-headedness, sensations of feeling unsteady and being off-balance or faint.
There are three main types of vertigo and dizziness that a vestibular physiotherapist can help with. These include benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), vestibular neuritis and cervical (neck-related) vertigo.
Other causes of vertigo include:
Some inner-ear disorders which are due to swelling or infections in the inner ear include Meniere’s disease and labyrinthitis. Physiotherapists are trained to rule out highly-destructive disorders and other sinister causes of dizziness. They do this by employing a series of screening questions and a thorough clinical assessment. If concerns of a structural nature arise, your physiotherapist will refer you on for further investigations such as medical imaging.
The inner ear monitors your head movement and its position. The inner ear is made up of five sensory organs; two otolith organs and three semicircular canals filled with fluid. As the head moves, the fluid inside the canals moves, telling the brain the direction of the movement including how far and how fast. The brain uses this information to coordinate the movements of your eyes, neck and head to maintain your balance.
The symptoms of vertigo or dizziness can vary, however, some of the most common symptoms include:
There are several assessment techniques that are used to diagnose a patient’s vertigo and determine the cause, some of these may include:
Treatment for vertigo will depend on the cause, which requires diagnosis by a professional. Some of the potential vestibular rehabilitation therapy for vertigo include:
Millwoods Physical Therapy Centre is an effective treatment option for vertigo and dizziness, especially when the symptoms are made worse by movements or changes in position. Quite often, vertigo symptoms that are made worse by movement are caused by a disorder involving the inner ear. Vestibular therapy can assist with these inner ear disorders: vestibular neuritis, vestibular migraine, and benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). Physiotherapy can also treat cervicogenic vertigo (symptoms originating from the neck).
Recovery time will vary from patient to patient and may also depend on the cause. There are a number of factors which will determine how long it will take to recover including:
While it isn’t known exactly how long it will take to recover, often changes will be seen within 4-6 weeks. For many cases of BPPV, recovery can often be experienced within a few days or a couple of treatment sessions. For more information about Millwoods Physical Therapy Centre contact our friendly staff who are more than happy to help.