What is Vertigo?
posted by The Live Better Team | October 15, 2019
There are different causes of vertigo, including:
If you are experiencing vertigo, talk to your primary care provider first. He or she may refer you to a neurologist or an ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist.
Some cases of vertigo will improve over time without treatment. However, some cases will last for months, or even years. Common treatments for chronic vertigo include:
The Epley maneuver is a series of head movements that are performed to decrease the symptoms of vertigo. To the right is an example of a treatment using the Epley maneuver:
Doctors may also prescribe medicines such as antihistamines and prochlorperazine to alleviate the symptoms
Many people with vertigo also benefit from vestibular rehabilitation training (VRT), which is a series of exercises for people with dizziness and balance problems.
Self-care can be done at home to be able to relieve symptoms. Below is a list of activities that are easy to accomplish at home. As always, consult with your doctor on what is best for your specific case.
“What is Vertigo?” American Physical Therapy Association, Section on Neurology
“Vertigo” NHS Inform
“The Epley Maneuver”
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. You should always consult your doctor before making decisions about your health.