There are many causes of dizziness and vertigo. These words are used synonymously but in rehabilitation, we separate out the meaning. The type of dizziness tells us what is actually going on. Room spinning dizziness is almost always caused by a condition called BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo). This is a condition where crystals in your inner ear are knocked loose and give you severe room spinning vertigo.
Luckily, this can almost always be treated in 1-2 sessions. The procedure involves moving the head in a fashion so the crystals are relocated into an area called a cupula, where they are reabsorbed. The problem is, there are 3 overlapping canals that have a common area, and if the procedure is performed incorrectly, the crystals can be dumped into another canal. This is why a qualified practitioner should perform the procedure. Here at Dynamic Physio Therapy, we have many years of experience treating BPPV.
Here are some other common causes of dizziness:
Meniere’s Disease/Endolymphatic hydrops
Some of these conditions can be resolved with Physical Therapy and some are medically managed. Consult with one of our qualified therapists to determine if therapy is warranted.