Did you know that physiotherapists can treat certain types of vertigo? 

Vertigo can be defined as a sudden internal or external spinning sensation. Vertigo can have many causes; however, many of the cases seen in the clinic can be related to head movements or neck- related issues. People will often report spinning, swaying, loss of balance and unsteadiness, which may be associated with nausea and vomiting. 

Physiotherapists are equipped with the skills to assess and treat certain types of vertigo. Other types may require medical management. If you have these symptoms, visit your physiotherapist for a thorough assessment and to set up a plan to help manage your vertigo. 

The two types of vertigo commonly managed conditions seen in the clinic are ‘Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo’ (BPPV) and ‘Cervicogenic Dizziness’. 

  1. BPPV – BPPV is a type of vertigo that is caused by change in the position of the head with respect to gravity. It is caused by a dysfunction of the vestibular system (inner ear) where calcium crystals become dislodged in the incorrect area of your inner ear. These dislodged crystals result in a mismatch of information being sent from your left and right inner ear to your brain. The mismatch of information then results in the (not so nice) symptoms of vertigo.
  2. Cervicogenic Dizziness – Cervicogenic dizziness on the other hand can be defined as dizziness and unsteadiness associated with neck pain. To diagnose cervicogenic dizziness, a thorough assessment will be conducted to rule out other causes of vertigo.

Assessment and Management 

A physiotherapy assessment of vertigo will often include a thorough discussion to help us understand the issue as well as a number of tests which include: neck/head movements, eye tests, balance assessment and specialised tests to determine the cause of vertigo and rule-out more serious issues. Management will vary depending on the cause of vertigo and may include specialised manoeuvres, manual therapy, exercise therapy as well as advice regarding best management. 

If you or someone that you know has suffered from this debilitating condition, we would love to see if we can help, so please give us a call on 8352 3582 to organise an assessment. 

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