Vertigo and Dizziness Treatment

Vertigo or more specifically Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) is a sudden sensation of spinning. Physical therapy for vertigo is highly effective and could be a huge bargain for your health care expenses.

  • Benign: Of no danger to health, not life threatening
  • Paroxysmal: A sudden recurrence of symptoms
  • Positional: related to different body positions
  • Vertigo: A sensation of spinning or whirling motion

This is caused by a problem in the inner ear. Small “crystals” called otoliths that are usually suspended in gelatinous material inside the ear got loose, moving around in the ear canals and causing a sickening spinning feeling. Quincy Physical Therapists can easily diagnose and treat this dizzying condition. After diagnosis, most people recover from BPPV with a simple but very specific head/neck maneuver, our physical therapist will assist in various movements of your head through a series of positions. These repositioning treatments are designed to move the crystals from the semicircular canal back into the area in the inner ear. By performing these exercises, most patients experience relief in if not one, but just a few short visits.

One thing that is missed with vestibular treatments; leaving the vestibular system functioning at a low level following an acute recovery from vertigo. Think of the vestibular system like a muscle that became weaker due to a sudden loss of function from an injury. Just like a muscle before we can get back to performing the things we want to, we must strengthen the vestibular system to prevent a setback or recurrence of injury. This is done through various balance and gaze stabilization exercises which is essential in physical therapy for vertigo.

If you would like to learn more before coming into Quincy Physical Therapy, give us a call at 617-481-2000 and ask to speak to a therapist regarding your symptoms or condition. You can also schedule a discovery session to learn more in person as well without committing to starting therapy.

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