Treating Vertigo with Physical Therapy

Sep20th 2017

Sarah Baily, Doctor of Physical Therapy 

Many people have heard of vertigo, the sensation of dizziness, but not many people know that this can be treated with physical therapy. This condition can be quite debilitating, but can be easily treated with a trained Physical Therapist.

The most common form of vertigo is Benign Positional Paroxysmal Vertigo (BPPV) and it occurs when the crystals in the inner ear become displaced. This causes dizziness and nausea with changes in head position, commonly when rolling over in bed or turning the head. It comes on suddenly and creates the sensation of the rooming spinning or the body moving.

Your physical therapist will perform a maneuver to re-position the crystals in the inner ear. Then, we will begin vestibular rehabilitation which includes balance training, gaze stabilization exercises, and habituation exercises to decrease the sensitivity to the symptoms and environment. People with BPPV typically respond very well to treatment and often only need a few visits to return to their normal lives.  If you or someone you know experiences these symptoms, come in to Rocky Mountain Physical Therapy for an evaluation and treatment.






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