Vertigo

Vertigo is a sensation that you, or the environment around you, is spinning, and is often described as dizziness. It's related to problems with the inner ear.

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Your Guide to Understanding Vertigo

What is Vertigo?

Vertigo is a sensation of spinning or dizziness, often described as feeling like you or your surroundings are moving or spinning. It can be caused by problems in the inner ear, brain, or sensory nerve pathways. Symptoms may include a false sense of motion, nausea, vomiting, and difficulty with balance or coordination.

How can Chiropractic help treat Vertigo?

Chiropractors may use specific techniques such as the Epley maneuver or canalith repositioning to address vertigo caused by benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), a condition related to inner ear issues. These maneuvers aim to reposition displaced crystals in the inner ear, potentially alleviating symptoms.

Chiropractic adjustments can target spinal misalignments that may impact nerve function, potentially influencing the body's overall balance and sensory perception.

What causes Vertigo?

Vertigo is typically caused by issues related to the inner ear, including benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), labyrinthitis, vestibular neuritis, and Meniere's disease. These conditions can result from inflammation, infection, or problems with the inner ear's balance mechanisms. Certain factors such as head injuries, migraines, and prolonged bed rest can also contribute to the onset of vertigo.

What treatments might help Vertigo?

Treatment for vertigo depends on its underlying cause. For benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), specific head and body movements known as the Epley maneuver or canalith repositioning can help move the calcium deposits out of the ear canal, alleviating symptoms. Medications may be prescribed to reduce dizziness and nausea, and in some cases, vestibular rehabilitation therapy can help improve balance. Addressing the root cause, such as inner ear infections, migraines, or Meniere's disease, is crucial for effective treatment.

Signs of Vertigo:

Vertigo can manifest as a sensation of spinning or movement, even when the individual is stationary. Common signs of vertigo include dizziness, loss of balance, nausea, vomiting, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), and in some cases, a high temperature. These symptoms can vary based on the underlying cause of the vertigo, such as benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) or other inner ear or brain-related issues.

Symptoms of Vertigo:

The symptoms of vertigo include a sensation of spinning, even when the individual is not in motion, dizziness, loss of balance, nausea, vomiting, and tinnitus (ringing in the ears). In some cases, individuals may experience abnormal or involuntary eye movements (nystagmus), blurred vision (diplopia), difficulty speaking or slurred speech.

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When is the right time to see a Chiropractor for Vertigo?

The decision to see a chiropractor for vertigo should be made in consultation with a healthcare professional, especially if vertigo is affecting daily activities. Chiropractors may employ techniques like the Epley maneuver or canalith repositioning to address benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), and they conduct thorough examinations to diagnose the root cause of vertigo and determine appropriate treatment.

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Dr. Brett Herlehy

Dr. Brett Herlehy

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Doctor of Chiropractic from New York Chiropractic College

Dr. Brett enjoys working with active individuals looking to reach the next level and also anyone who is trying to incorporate more physical activity into their daily lives.

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