Vertigo and Dizziness

Vertigo and dizziness are often used interchangeably by the general public; however, they are two very different symptoms. Vertigo is the sensation of the room spinning around you while you are remaining still. This is caused by problems in the inner ear called benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). Dizziness is the sensation of you spinning or a feeling of lightheadedness while the room remains still. This can be caused by a variety of factors such as medications, dehydration, and decreased neck range of motion. With both of these there is the chance of falling and causing injury.

An evaluation by a physical therapist that includes a detailed history on the type of symptoms and when they occur can determine whether you have true vertigo or dizziness. Based on the findings a treatment program will be created to decrease or eliminate your symptoms. In the case of BPPV as few as 1 to 2 treatments may be needed to return you to your optimal health.