Chiropractor for Vertigo in West Bloomfield, MI
Vertigo is a symptom that’s associated with a number of different medical conditions. Individuals may experience a cluster of varying vertigo symptoms that wax and wane throughout the day or linger for an extended period.
Treatment options vary depending on the severity and underlying cause and typically include watchful waiting, medications, physical therapy, and chiropractic care.
What is Vertigo?
Vertigo is a form of dizziness that causes intermittent or constant abnormal sensations of movement, such as swaying or spinning, that make people feel uncoordinated or unsteady. Symptoms range from mild to severe and may significantly impact your daily life since it can make walking extremely difficult, and may be associated with relentless nausea, vomiting, and blurred vision.
- The most common causes of vertigo include:
- Inner ear dysfunction
- Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
- Excess fluid accumulation
- Ménière’s disease
- Vestibular labyrinthitis/neuritis
- Several drugs used to treat hypertension
3. Migraine headaches
4. Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
5. Other brain impairments (stroke, tumors, multiple sclerosis)
Hearing loss, ringing in the ears, and fevers have also been noted, and are usually associated with vertigo related inner ear problems or medication use.
Treatment Options for Vertigo
The most commonly prescribed treatment options for vertigo include medications and physical therapy. Medications may be used to treat the underlying cause (i.e., antibiotics for a bacterial infection) or on a short-term basis to target vertigo-related symptoms specifically.
For example, anti-histamines, i.e., Benadryl, Dramamine, meclizine, help with nausea, vomiting, and motion sickness. Antiemetics, such as Reglan and Zofran, help suppress nausea and vomiting, and benzodiazepines (Ativan, diazepam, Zanax) are used as “vestibular suppressants.”
Physical therapy is often recommended to treat vertigo. It’s usually performed 1-3 times per week to help patients learn several vestibular rehabilitation techniques they can perform regularly at home to alleviate their vertigo-related symptoms. These provocative head and eye movements can help calm the nerves located within the inner ear and improve symptoms.
You may also consider seeing a chiropractor for vertigo as an alternative treatment option especially if other treatment methods have been unsuccessful.
Similar to the vestibular exercises promoted by physical therapists, chiropractors can use spinal manipulation to ensure your nervous system is functioning at an optimal level along with the Epley maneuver to reposition the particles in the inner ear that tend to cause vertigo symptoms. Both these techniques are safe and can be performed during a regular chiropractic session.
Vertigo can be a problematic symptom to overcome, but it is treatable. Chiropractic treatment can be used to treat your symptoms initially or when other treatment options fail.
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