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    Vertigo and other vestibular problems can be debilitating. Often times it’s hard to see an end in sight. However, physical therapy treatment can help end the nausea, dizziness, and other symptoms from those vestibular issues.

    Article originally posted on MoveForward.com

    What Is Vertigo?

    “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:

    • Inner ear infections or disorders
    • Migraines
    • Tumors, such as acoustic neuroma
    • Surgery that removes or injures the inner ear or its nerves
    • Head injury that results in injury to the inner ears
    • A hole in the inner ear
    • Stroke

    You also might have:

    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Sweating
    • Abnormal eye movements

    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.

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    How Is It Diagnosed?

    Your physical therapist will use your answers to the following questions to help identify the cause of your vertigo and to determine the best course of treatment:

      • When did you first have vertigo (the sensation of spinning)?
      • What are you doing when you have vertigo (turning your head, bending over, standing perfectly still, rolling in bed)?

    How long does the vertigo last(seconds, minutes, hours, days)?

    • Have you had vertigo before?
    • Do you have hearing loss, ringing, or fullness in your ears?
    • Do you have nausea with the spinning?
    • Have you had any changes in your heart rate or breathing?

    Your physical therapist 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.

    How Can a Physical Therapist Help?

    Based on your physical therapist’s evaluation and your goals for recovery, the therapist 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 balance problems after your vertigo has stopped, your physical therapist can develop a treatment plan that targets those problems. Your physical therapist will teach you strategies to help you cope with your symptoms:

    • Do certain activities or chores around the house cause you to become dizzy? Your therapist will show you how to do those activities in a different way to help reduce the dizziness.
    • Have simple activities become difficult and cause fatigue and more dizziness? Your therapist will help you work through these symptoms right away so you can get moving again and return to your roles at home and at work more quickly.

    Physical therapy 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:

    • Exercises to improve your balance
    • Exercises to help the brain “correct” differences between your inner ears
    • Exercises to improve your ability to focus your eyes and vision

    In addition, your physical therapist 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.”


    If you suffer from Vertigo, set up an appointment to start evaluation and treatment with one of our highly skilled physical therapists. Give us a call at +1 (602) 808-8989. Our therapists look forward to helping treat your Vertigo and getting you back in the game!



    “I had tremendous dizziness including room spinning. I ultimately went to Camelback Sports Therapy after researching and realizing there was a potential fix for my inner ear problem. After one treatment at Camelback, my problem was totally resolved. I couldn’t imagine living with this problem and was unbelievably relieved at the results from Camelback Sports Therapy.” – Patient with Inner Ear issues


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