Vertigo

Introduction

Vertigo is a condition marked by dizziness and living with it can make day-to-day tasks a struggle. It can be difficult to get information on what is causing your vertigo and what the best treatment options are. This article will help you understand vertigo and discuss how chiropractic care can help you find relief.

What is Vertigo?

Vertigo is the sensation of spinning or dizziness. The world will feel as if it is spinning around you. There are different causes of vertigo and they can be defined depending on if the cause is peripheral or central. Central causes arise in the brain or spinal cords, whereas peripheral causes are due to problems within the inner ear.

The Causes of Vertigo

Inflammation in the inner ear can happen because of illness, or small crystals or stones that are normally found within the ear being displaced. This causes irritation to the tiny hairs within the canals leading to benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV).

Meniere’s disease is vertigo associated with hearing loss and tinnitus that is caused by buildup of fluid within the inner ear. It is not understood what causes the buildup of fluid. Some other causes of vertigo include:

  • A head injury that damages the inner ear
  • Severe migraines and tension headaches
  • Lack of blood flow to the brain
  • Misalignment of the vertebrae in the neck

Vertigo can also be caused by certain medications including antidepressants, aspirin, anti-seizure medications, and blood pressure medications. High blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and smoking can also increase your risk of developing vertigo.

The Symptoms of Vertigo

Vertigo can be a small nuisance or an indication of a more severe underlying medical condition. Dizziness is not the only symptom of vertigo. Other symptoms include blurry vision, problems hearing, difficulty focusing, ringing of the ears, trouble keeping balance, feeling fatigued all the time, nausea, and double vision.

The Treatment of Vertigo

Chiropractic treatment of vertigo is gentle and begins with a complete evaluation of the individual to determine the exact cause. Many times all it takes is a few simple adjustments to stabilize to the nervous system and cure vertigo.

The Epley Maneuver may also be part of the treatment plan for vertigo. This method clears the debris that has settled in the vestibulocochlear apparatus that is responsible for balance. Buildup of debris in the vestibulocochlear apparatus can cause symptoms of vertigo. In the cases of vertigo due to an ear infection or inflammation within the inner ear, you may need antibiotics, steroids, or anti-inflammatory medication.

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