Dizziness & Balance Treatment

Dizziness & Balance Treatment 2017-10-25T08:18:36+00:00

Vertigo | Dizziness & Lightheadedness

When a patient states they are “dizzy it can mean several things. It is important to describe your dizziness as best as possible. Dizziness can be described as:

Lightheadedness or a feeling that you are about to faint or “pass out.” Although you may feel dizzy, you do not feel as though you or your surroundings are moving. Lightheadedness often goes away or improves when you lie down. You may sometimes feel nauseated or vomit when you are lightheaded.

Vertigo is a feeling that you or your surroundings are moving when there is no actual movement. You may feel as though you are spinning, whirling, falling, or tilting. When you have severe vertigo, you may feel very nauseated or vomit. You may have trouble walking or standing, and you may lose your balance and fall.

Imbalance is often described as not being sure of your footing or walking like a drunken sailor.You may feel like the room is tilted and often will reach out to steady yourself. Typically you do not feel ill when you feel this way and you can still function normally.
Although dizziness can occur in people of any age, it is more common among older adults. A fear of dizziness can cause older adults to limit their physical and social activities. Dizziness can also lead to falls and other injuries. Any of the symptoms of dizziness combined with tinnitus (ringing, hissing, howling or roaring) or a hearing loss need to be investigated.

Lightheadedness has many causes, including:  Allergies.    Illnesses such as the flu or colds.    Vomiting, diarrhea, fevers, and other illnesses that cause dehydration.   Anxiety and stress.  The use of tobacco, alcohol, or illegal drugs.To much salt or sugar.

VERTIGO

Vertigo occurs when there is conflict between the signals sent to the brain by various balance- and position-sensing systems of the body. Your brain uses input from four sensory systems to maintain your sense of balance and orientation to your surroundings.

Your eyes, ears and body give your brain information about your position and movement through space. If one system is having a problem one or more of your other balance indicators may override the information. This is why placing a hand along a wall as you walk, or placing a foot on the floor when you are dizzy may make you feel more stable.

Vision gives you information about your position and motion in relationship to the rest of the world. This is an important part of the balance mechanism and often overrides information from the other balance-sensing systems.

Dizziness & Balance Treatment

Vertigo and the Ear

A portion of the inner ear, called the labyrinth, which includes the semicircular canals, contains specialized cells that detect motion and changes in position. Injury to or diseases of the inner ear can send false signals to the brain. If these false signals conflict with signals from the other balance sensors of the body, vertigo may occur.

Common causes of vertigo include: Inner ear disorders and infections.  Trauma to the ear or head. Migraine headaches  Vascular changes to the ear, base of the brain or brain.

Rare causes for vertigo may be: Small middle ear growths   Brain tumors. Over medication or medication combined with alcohol or illegal drugs.