Korina Galaraga, DPT -  - Physical Therapist

39th Ave Physical Therapy

Korina Galaraga, DPT

Physical Therapist located in Corona, Queens, NY

Vertigo is a debilitating condition that causes you to feel as if you’re spinning or the room is spinning around you. It can come on suddenly and leave just as suddenly or last for an extended period. In most cases, a physical therapist is best able to treat and remedy vertigo using certain maneuvers designed to produce changes in the inner ear. Korina Galaraga at 39th Ave Physical Therapy provides prompt, safe, and effective vertigo treatment for patients in the Queens, New York, area.

Vertigo Q & A

What is vertigo?

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.

What causes vertigo?

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:

  • Fluid build up in the inner ear
  • a disturbance in otolith particles (calcium crystals) in the ear
  • vestibular nerve inflammation
  • viral ear infection

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.

How long does vertigo last?

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.

How is vertigo treated?

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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