Vertigo refers to a dizzy feeling that occurs as a result of problems in your inner ear. This condition most commonly impacts patients over 65, but anybody can experience vertigo.
The primary symptom of vertigo is dizziness, which can cause problems with balance, lightheadedness, nausea, vomiting, motion sickness, or ringing in your ears. Vertigo is different from simply feeling dizzy in that the dizziness is rotational. Patients often feel as if the room is spinning.
Vertigo can be attributed to over 60 unique causes falling into two broad categories: 1) related to the inner ear, and 2) related to sensory nerve pathways. Peripheral vertigo, or vertigo related to problems with the inner ear, is most common and can be caused by:
Of these, the most common form of vertigo is due to a disturbance of otolith particles in the ear, which is most likely to follow head trauma, vertebrobasilar ischemia, ear surgery, or an extended period of bed rest.
Vertigo related to inner ear problems lasts until the problem is resolved, which can range from just a day or two to several weeks. The sooner you seek treatment for your symptoms, the sooner you can begin to recover and return to your regular daily activities.
Korina Galaraga chooses a course of treatment based on the cause of your vertigo, which means the first step is identifying the cause.
Several tests can be done in the exam room to determine whether your vertigo is related to otolith particle disturbance or another cause. If a disturbance in otolith particles is identified as the culprit, you have benign paroxysmal position vertigo, or BPPV, and Korina Galaraga can provide treatment in the office.
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