Imagine waking up one morning, rolling over in bed and suddenly feeling like the world is spinning. Or what if you bent over to pick something up or tie your shoe and felt so dizzy you thought you were going to fall? Imbalance and dizziness, sometimes called vertigo, is very common among our older population. Vertigo is a serious health concern because it puts you at risk of falling and causing more serious injuries. According to the Vestibular Disorder Association,
“35% of adults over age 40 have experienced some form of vestibular dysfunction [and] 80% of people over age 65 have experienced dizziness and BBPV.”
While vertigo may be an unpreventable effect of aging, it can be managed and treated with the right physical therapy.
- Inside your ear is a vestibular apparatus that senses your heads position and movements. It carries information to your brain to process and controls your balance and orientation.
- Vertigo is usually caused by an inner ear problem.
- Problems with your inner ear create the sense of dizziness.
- Vertigo can last a few minutes to a few hours and usually comes and goes.
- Vertigo can affect your mood and concentration.
- Symptoms often include a feeling of spinning, tilting, unbalance, or swaying. These symptoms can further cause nausea, vomiting, headache, sweating, or tinnitus.
Cause and Treatment of Vertigo
- (BPPV) Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (caused by tiny calcium particles that build up inside the ear and come loose) is the cause of 50% of all dizziness in older people.
- The other common cause is Meniere’s Disease (an inner ear disorder caused by a fluid buildup which changes the pressure of your inner ear). This can also be associated with tinnitus.
- Less common causes include head or neck injury and migraine headaches.
Balance therapy also known as vestibular rehabilitation is an effective treatment. At Bourassa & Associates, our university trained physical therapists will perform clinical tests and get a history of your symptoms to help determine if you suffer from vertigo. We will then work with you using a tailored treatment plan that can include but is not limited to:
- Techniques to help reduce symptoms caused by movements
- Balance and stability training to reduce vertigo related falls
- Treatment to areas of your body (neck, muscles, joints) that may contribute to dizziness
- Education and modification of lifestyle factors
- Physiotherapy exercise program
Book Your Treatment & Start Today!
Don’t wait to book your vertigo treatment! At Bourassa & Associates, you can get started the same day you call, no doctor’s referral needed. We can help reduce the symptoms of vertigo so that you can resume the activities you love without being afraid of injury due to falling. Find a clinic near you to book your appointment today.
With 30 years of experience, we can help improve your quality of life and vertigo symptoms.