Vertigo usually is described as a spinning sensation, whereas dizziness usually is described as "light-headedness." Often, they have different causes and different treatments.
If you have vertigo accompanied by one or more of the following symptoms, immediately call 999 or emergency medical services.
Vertigo is the sensation of spinning—even when you're perfectly still, you might feel like you're moving or that the room is moving around you. Most causes of vertigo involve the inner ear ("vestibular system"). A number of conditions can produce vertigo, such as:
You also might have:
One of the most common forms of vertigo is benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, an inner-ear problem that causes short periods of a spinning sensation when your head is moved in certain positions.
Your physiotherapist at Alton Pain Clinic in Alton, Hampshire will use your answers to the following questions to help identify the cause of your vertigo and to determine the best course of treatment:
Your physiotherapist will perform tests to determine the causes of your vertigo and also to assess your risk of falling. Depending on the results of the tests, your therapist may recommend further testing or consultation with your physician.
Based on your physiotherapist's evaluation and your goals for recovery, the physiotherapist at Alton Pain Clinic in Alton, Hampshire will customize a treatment plan for you. The specific treatments will depend on the cause of your vertigo. Your therapist's main focus is to help you get moving again and manage the vertigo at the same time. Treatment may include specialized head and neck movements or other exercises to help eliminate your symptoms. Conditions such as benign paroxysmal positional vertigo have very specific tests and treatments.
If you have dizziness and a balance problem after your vertigo has stopped, your physiotherapist can develop a treatment plan that targets those problems. Your physiotherapist will teach you strategies to help you cope with your symptoms:
Physiotherapy treatments for dizziness can take many forms. The type of exercise that your therapist designs for you will depend on your unique problems and might include:
In addition, your physiotherapist at Alton Pain Clinic in Alton, Hampshire might prescribe exercises to improve your strength, your flexibility, and your heart health—with the goal of improving your overall physical health and well being.