Have you ever felt faint when standing up? Does the room spin when you’re sitting down? If so, you’re not alone. Sadly, dizziness is not an uncommon feeling for older adults. However common this condition can be, if you experience dizziness with increasing frequency, you have reason to be concerned. Frequent bouts of dizziness can indicate serious conditions such as heart disease, stroke, or dehydration.
The experts at OneAccord Physical Therapy want to keep you informed. That way, you are armed with information to help combat whatever surprises life throws your way (with the help of your physical therapist, of course). Here are lesser-known causes of dizziness for you to compare with your current symptoms.
Dizziness vs. vertigo: what’s the difference?
Did you know that dizziness and vertigo are different conditions? Dizziness is the feeling of being unsteady, shaky, or faint. Meanwhile, vertigo is associated with the sensation of spinning or swaying, even when sitting still. Although these conditions are different, they are frequently correlated. If you feel faint, unstable, and woozy, you are likely experiencing symptoms from both dizziness and vertigo. Symptoms that can accompany either condition include:
- Loss of balance
- Ringing in your ears
If you feel like you or the world around you spins, you are likely experiencing cervical vertigo. Also referred to as cervicogenic dizziness, cervical vertigo often stems from poor posture, trauma, or neck disorders. Additional causes can include:
- Dissection of arteries
- Vestibular apparatus
- Inner ear infections
If you suspect that cervical vertigo is the reason for feeling like your world is turning, be sure to schedule an appointment at OneAccord Physical Therapy for a thorough assessment. Treatment options will depend on the severity of your symptoms. Corrective measures may include manual therapy and spinal manipulation to get you back on your feet as quickly as possible.
Meniere's disease is a little known, chronic inner-ear disorder that can cause hearing loss, tinnitus, fluid buildup, dizziness, and vertigo. Give us a call if you notice a feeling of congestion in your ear that accompanies symptoms of vertigo or dizziness so we can look into Meniere’s disease as a potential culprit.
The team at OneAccord Physical Therapy holds post-graduate certifications as Vestibular Rehabilitation Specialists. This impressive feat ensures that our team is ready to diagnose and treat the cause of your dizziness with remarkable accuracy and success. In fact, most patient symptoms show improvement in just 1-3 visits. If you'd like to stop your world from spinning, give us a whirl instead. Give us a call or use our online scheduling tool to get started on your treatment today.