November 17, 2016

Can Physical Therapy Help Treat Vertigo?

shutterstock-vertigo-womanVertigo is the feeling of spinning or dizziness, and it can be devastating. Brought on by slight movements of the head, vertigo can affect balance, walking and the ability to work. Other symptoms include nausea and vomiting.

The most common form of vertigo, called benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), occurs when one or more of the tiny crystals in the inner ear — known as otoconia — become dislodged.

Treatment starts after a thorough history and evaluation to confirm the root cause. Vertigo can be associated with head or neck injury, stroke, diabetes or inner ear damage due to infection.

Grant Pierron, physical therapist at Transylvania Regional Hospital Rehabilitation Services, takes patients through a series of specific head motions or maneuvers to reposition the crystals within the inner ear to relieve their symptoms. Often, patients are better after just one treatment.

Consider Physical Therapy to Treat

  • Weakness and balance issues
  • Gait issues
  • Neck and back pain
  • Muscle injuries
  • Joint injuries and replacements
  • Stroke
  • Postsurgical rehabilitation
  • Lymphodema