Vertigo often comes with dizziness, nausea, a sense that the room is spinning and other symptoms that can make everyday tasks difficult. However, vertigo need not be a permanent barrier to living your best life. Your doctor can help you determine which of these vertigo treatment options is the best for you.
A visit to your local chiropractor for vertigo could be in order if you’re suffering from BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo) or cervicogenic vertigo. According to the American Chiropractic Association, chiropractors are “uniquely suited to differentiate BPPV from the similar-looking cervicogenic vertigo.” Once the type of vertigo you have has been confirmed, your chiropractor can employ techniques that may quickly resolve your symptoms.
A type of physical therapy called vestibular rehabilitation can also be an effective treatment for some types of vertigo. This exercise-based program targets both the primary and secondary symptoms and, after a clinical assessment, is usually conducted on a outpatient basis.
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Sometimes vertigo symptoms caused by BPPV can be relieved by exercises your primary care physician can perform, or show you how to perform at home. This form of treatment can be particularly useful for patients who have seen their BPPV symptoms return. Check with your physician to make sure you are performing the exercise correctly and that you don’t have an underlying condition.
If you have BPPV, your symptoms may go away on their own. This happens because your brain is sometimes able to adjust. This process normally takes a few weeks. Once your brain has gotten used to this “new normal,” your symptoms may disappear. Sometimes symptoms do return, so keep that in mind when considering this option.
Whichever treatment method you choose, you should consult with your doctor to make sure you receive an accurate diagnosis and that you’re informed about all your options.