Diagnosis and Treatment
To diagnose vertigo, a medical professional will take a full history of your symptoms and events. This includes previous medical issues, recent illnesses and medications. Then, a physical exam is performed. It includes a comprehensive neurological exam to check brain function.
There’s good news! There is a treatment that is found to clear up vertigo by 85% with just one treatment! And if you still have vertigo, it is 97% effective with just 3 treatments! It’s known as the canalith repositioning procedure or the Epley Maneuver. And our TBTW Therapists can do it! Specific head movements are performed to move the crystals in the inner ear.
A second type of vertigo involves the reflex between your head and eyes. It tells your head and eyes whether you want them to move together (like when you are watching a car drive by your house) or whether they need to move separately (like when you are reading a book). When this reflex is not working properly your head and eyes do not know whether to move together or not. As you can imagine, this causes a large amount of vertigo! For this we use a series of head and eye movements to retrain your reflex. This leads to decreased sensitivity of the nerves and improves vertigo. However, this needs to be done on a regular basis for optimal results. A trained physical therapist can perform these types of treatment to retrain your reflex and get you moving … without vertigo.
Keep in mind that medications, such as Meclizine, may provide temporary relief but are not a cure. They only cover the symptoms.
Most patients with peripheral vertigo can find substantial relief with treatment; it has been suggested that the Epley maneuver in cases of BPPV can benefit as many as 90% of affected patients. Although recurrence of BPPV may be more than 15% in the first year after an episode, it is unlikely that vertigo will persist beyond a few days. When vertigo persists, evaluation for any underlying structural problems of the brain, spinal canal, or inner ear may be necessary.
Are you feeling dizzy with a sense of movement? You just might be experiencing vertigo. Make your world stop spinning with the help of our experienced and certified physical therapists. They are trained in the Cawthorne head exercises and Epley maneuver for vertigo. They can even give you instruction on how to do these exercises at home. Be sure to Contact Us TODAY at Total Body Therapy & Wellness in Lillington, NC to set up a one-on-one consultation and full evaluation of your symptoms. We’ve helped many others and can help you, too.