VERTIGO: A whirling senstion in the head with a tendancy to fall
One of the things that has become a specialty for me in physical therapy has been treatment of dizziness and vertigo. Vertigo refers to a sense of spinning of self or environment. Dizziness is a wastebasket term that may mean being light-headed, woozy, or possibly spinning. A physical therapist’s job is to assess the symptoms, and determine the underlying cause of the problem.
When I meet a person with dizziness for the first time, I observe his or her movement and gait. Then I ask questions about the nature and history of the problem. Symptoms can arise from the inner ear, the brain, the nerves in between, or they can be a side effect of medication, blood pressure changes, or other diseases. A complete evaluation is necessary to determine the causes.
With that said, I plan to post some of the exercise programs I prescribe for my clients with dizziness. Not every treatment posted here is good for every person with dizziness. This is not meant to diagnose, or be a substitution for evaluation and treatment by a qualified professional. The posts will be to assist my patients in remembering what they have learned in the office. I will post these under HOME PROGRAMS.