Unfortunately, the sensation of spinning while sitting still is not uncommon. The vestibular specialists at One Accord Physical Therapy will help to treat your dizziness at its source. Here’s more about what is causing your dizziness and how to effectively treat it from our team of vestibular therapists.
Symptoms of dizziness
Dizziness or vertigo is the sensation of spinning or swaying as you sit or stand still. Other symptoms may coincide with dizziness, including:
- Difficulty with balance
- Vision blurriness
- Ear pain
Causes of dizziness
Dizziness may result from many factors, including physical injuries and chronic illnesses. A few of the most common causes of dizziness include:
- A Concussion
- Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
- Meniere’s Disease
- Vestibular Neuritis
If you have one or more symptoms of dizziness, you may have BPPV. Here’s how to know if you have it and what you can do about it with help from a physical therapist.
What is BPPV?
BPPV occurs when the tiny crystals in your ear become misaligned. When these tiny crystals move out of their normal position, they can cause imbalances that give you the feeling of lightheadedness and spinning. Consequently, sudden head movements become problematic. Soon, shifting positions in bed can make you feel like the world is spinning around you. Although some symptoms of BPPV clear up on their own within a few hours or days, if your dizziness continues, it’s time to see your physical therapist.
How BPPV is treated
Your physical therapist will do a thorough evaluation of your symptoms, including an in-depth medical history to rule out other factors. An examination will help your physical therapist determine in which ear the problem exists before moving on to treatment.
Our team is specially trained to move your head through a series of precise and gentle movements to move the crystals to their proper place. You may complete other exercises meant to improve your balance, and patient education will help you better manage your dizziness if it should happen again. Fortunately, physical therapy for BPPV is so effective that it can work in just one visit. However, you should not require more than three visits to see improvement.
At One Accord Physical Therapy, we diagnose and treat various balance issues, including dizziness. If you are experiencing bouts of dizziness but want to avoid medication or traditional treatment, our team of vestibular specialists can help. We offer the best in treatment through a whole-body approach. Give us a call or go online to schedule your free discovery consultation today.