Stop Vertigo Head from Spinning with help from Andrews Institute Rehabilitation

Gulf Coast Healthy Living Magazine Volume 8, Issue 2 - The Andrews Institute

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The room suddenly spins and your head feels like it’s in the middle of a tornado. Combine those motions with possible nausea and vomiting. This scene is not a pleasant one, but it is one many individuals face at some unexpected point in their lives. Vertigo can send your normal routine into a fearful, off-balanced journey. Trained physical therapists at Andrews Institute Rehabilitation can help clear your head and remove those vertigo symptoms through simple, manageable physical therapy (PT) sessions. 

Vertigo attacks can happen to people who have never experienced them before. Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is the most common type, and it can cause brief to very intense episodes. Individuals may feel dizzy going from a sleeping to standing position or vice versa. They may notice vertigo occurs when the head moves in a certain way.

Typically, vertigo is caused by a problem with the inner ear and balance system. People who have undergone recent or new hormone replacement therapy (HRT) or have experienced falls or changes in blood sugar levels may experience vertigo. In addition, age, colds, sinus infections and travel can affect a person’s inner ear and vestibular system, and that could lead to vertigo. Other causes include migraines, an ear infection or inflammation that forms in the ear. 

The sudden vertigo cases that are mild but weakening can usually be treated by a series of vestibular rehabilitation training (VRT). Andrews Institute Rehabilitation offers a comprehensive range of rehabilitation and physical medicine services that can help patients dealing with vertigo and other balance concerns. Physical therapists work with individuals who have vertigo and perform a variety of VRT exercises that can often provide immediate or fast relief from dizziness and head spinning. 

Robyn Varner, MEd, P.T., facility manager at Andrews Institute Rehabilitation Westside, said, “Patients who visit us having these symptoms are evaluated to determine what type of vertigo they may have so we can determine an appropriate technique or exercise to to help them find relief.”

Individuals with acute cases of vertigo discuss their daily and home activities with an Andrews Institute Rehabilitation physical therapist, who then educates them on ways to alleviate future vertigo episodes.

“During first patient visits and based on each case, we discuss with each individual what to avoid, such as not sleeping flat or on a certain side,” said Varner. “We share movement techniques to further assist positive patient treatment outcomes, such as recommended exercises and videos. Family members are included in the treatment during the PT session to help at home.” 

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