Vertigo Therapy Questions and Answers
Have you been experiencing signs of Vertigo? You are not alone, we at Hoboken Integrated Healthcare can help you! Our trained staff are here to help you with your vertigo conditions. Call us for more information or request an appointment online today! We are located at 90 Hudson St Hoboken, NJ 07030.
Vertigo is a very disorienting and confusing condition to endure! When the ground beneath your feet feels unstable, it can lead to fear and prevent you from living your life with freedom and spontaneity. At Hoboken Integrated Healthcare, we want to help you overcome vertigo as much as possible so that you can live your life with steadiness and trust in the ground beneath you.
What kind of therapy can you do for vertigo?
There are several kinds of vertigo therapy, which vary according to the exact cause of vertigo in an individual. Vertigo, which is described as a sudden, disproportionate, and illusory feeling of dizziness or of being off-balance, can be caused by Meniere’s disease, anxiety disorders, vestibular neuritis, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)*, as well as head or neck injuries, brain tumors, stroke, migraine headaches, or ear damage. Most cases of vertigo involve issues with the inner ear canal. Depending on the cause of vertigo, options for therapy include:
- Vestibular rehabilitation, or balance therapy
- Head position maneuvers, also known as canalith repositioning procedures (CRP)
- Medication, such as water pills, anti-anxiety medication, migraine preventative medicine, and antihistamines or anticholinergics
- Psychotherapy if the vertigo is caused by anxiety disorders
- Surgery to remove the inner ear sense organ
- Ear injections of antibiotic gentamicin to disable the balance function in the inner ear
*BPPV can be broken down by each word in the acronym: benign infers that it poses no immediate danger to one’s health; paroxysmal means that the condition manifests in sudden and brief instances; positional because specific movements of the head trigger these spells, and vertigo refers to the resulting experience in the individual that has BPPV.
Does physical therapy help vertigo?
There are specific specialized physical therapy programs that are quite helpful in the treatment of vertigo! These include vestibular rehabilitation and canalith repositioning procedures. The use of either of these treatments depends on the specific cause of the patient’s vertigo. For example, vestibular rehabilitation is often used for patients with vestibular neuritis, which results from inflammation to the vestibular nerve in your inner ear. On the other hand, CRP is exceptionally beneficial for individuals with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, which is a condition caused by the displaced formation of calcium carbonate crystals in the inner ear canal.
Vestibular rehabilitation is a form of balance therapy that focuses on balance issues that stem from inner ear disorders. This type of treatment is performed by physical therapists that specialize in vestibular disorders. The regimen for vestibular rehabilitation is exercise-based that aims to reduce vertigo, falls, and dizziness and to improve focus with a person’s gaze and sense of grounding. Vestibular rehabilitation helps individuals suffering from vertigo or other inner ear disorders by helping them to train their brains to rely on their vision and somatosensory system in place of their deficient vestibular senses. Somatosensory refers to sensations such as pain, pressure, or warmth that can occur anywhere on the body and are not relegated to a particular sense organ.
With the canalith repositioning procedure, a specially trained physical therapist guides particular head maneuvers to relocate the calcium deposits in the inner ear back into the inner ear chambers known as utricles from which they originated. Once the calcium deposits return to the utricles, the body can then correctly absorb them.
How can I get rid of vertigo?
If you are concerned that you might have vertigo, the first step in getting rid of this condition is to make an appointment with a medical professional trained to diagnose vertigo. You will need to undergo a physical examination and various tests to determine the exact cause of vertigo in your case. After this, the medical professional can develop a customized treatment plan with your consent and input. The medical professional will also provide you with tips and resources to explore that will help you manage and prevent vertigo symptoms in your day-to-day life.
Come to Hoboken Integrated Healthcare to experience lasting relief from vertigo! Please give us a call or request an appointment online. We are located at 90 Hudson St Hoboken, NJ 07030. We serve patients from Hoboken NJ, Jersey City NJ, Union City NJ, Secaucus NJ, Newark NJ, and North Bergen NJ.