Physical Therapy for Vertigo

vertigo physical therapy

Vertigo is mostly commonly caused by an inner ear problem. It is typically worse in certain positions such as laying on your side or tilting you head back to look up but may occur when perfectly still.

Signs and symptoms of Vertigo may include:

  • Dizziness
  • Abnormal or jerking eye movement
  • Headaches
  • Sweating
  • Ringing in the ear (Tinnitus) or hearing loss
  • Uncontrolled spinning
  • Nausea
  • Tilting or pulling toward one direction

One of the most common causes of vertigo symptoms is BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo). BPPV is due to calcium crystals in the inner ear canals becoming displaced. These crystals relay information to our brain about our bodies position relative to gravity, so when they are displaced, it sends incorrect signals which our brain does not understand and tries to accommodate for, therefore causing the dizziness and spinning. BPPV carries its own specific tests and treatments to help patients recover. These include different methods of specific head movements to dislodge the inner ear crystals; methods such as canalith repositioning and Epley maneuvers.

In cases where vestibular rehabilitation is needed, physical therapy aims to strengthen the vestibular system. Rehabilitation includes managing the symptoms of dizziness and imbalance while improving strength and flexibility with customized exercises in clinic and at home.

Our patients no longer have to “live with” being dizzy and are able to return to normal active lives quickly and efficiently.

Learn more about Vertigo at Neuropt.