Vertigo and Balance
Dizziness, balance, and movement problems can affect anyone at almost any age. An audiologist may diagnose a balance disorder after a physical examination, where a hearing and balance tests are given to assess the functioning of your inner ear and general hearing. If a problem is detected the audiologist will give a referral for treatment with a physical therapist or even a surgeon. The referral will usually result in further examination by the doctor or physical therapist to decide a course of action. For balance disorders physical therapy requires a specific set of exercises and routines.
Living with vertigo is a challenge, but your physical therapist can help you learn to regain some function. However, before we go more in-depth, it should be pointed out that there are some symptoms that may call for further medical investigation should they accompany your vertigo. Seek medical attention immediately if you notice change in awareness, trouble speaking, and double vision. Vertigo by itself is usually a spinning sensation, which occurs even when standing still. Alone, this may not mean there is a serious medical condition. There are multiple causes for vertigo and most of them involve a problem with the inner ear.
You may be surprised to learn that physical therapy can be helpful to those suffering from vertigo. There are various head and neck exercises that you can use to control the symptoms of vertigo. There are however, certain activities that can trigger vertigo. Learning what triggers your vertigo can be of great benefit. Your physical therapist can teach you ways to do those activities which will reduce dizziness. If any of your daily activities cause fatigue, your therapist will also address them
For the most part, your physical therapist will coach you through a series of different exercises. The type of exercises selected will depend on what works best your situation and symptoms. There are three goals that are hoped to be achieved. The first goal is to help you achieve better balance. The next goal is to teach your brain how to make sense of the confusing signals it’s receiving from your inner ear. You will also be taught how to improve your vision and focus. In addition to the basic exercises, the physical therapy will expand to help you improve your overall fitness and health.
Depending on the type of problem you are having, you may be sent to a physical therapist with a very specific specialty. For example, if you are suffering from vertigo you may be referred to a therapist that has a specialty in neurological therapy. This type of therapist is trained in assisting with a range of neurological issues, including vertigo. Regardless of specialty all physical therapist are well-trained in helping you restore your body to good health. The most important factor in your recovery, is the amount of effort you willing to put forward. The key to a full recovery is following the directed exercises and recommendations. By using an exercise based approached the therapist can hopefully resolve your problem.