What Is Vertigo?
Have you ever experienced lightheadedness or dizziness that resulted in loss of balance or spinning surroundings? What you are encountering is called Vertigo. Vertigo is caused by an abrupt drop in blood pressure or dehydration. This can happen, for example, when standing too quickly after lying for a long period of time. Although being lightheaded or dizzy can go away in a matter of minutes, it could be a sign of problems in the brain, ear damage, or a head or neck injury. Advanced symptoms include vomiting, excessive sweating, ringing in the ears, or nausea.
The treatment for Vertigo will vary based on the initial cause. The most common treatments performed include canalith repositioning, which could include the Epley or Semont maneuver depending on your case, or Vestibular rehabilitation. Canalith repositioning is preferred for those with the root cause in the ear. Repositioning requires specific tilting and movements to loosen the canalith within the ear. Vestibular rehabilitation is performed to relieve the symptoms if they stem from the eye or head. This also requires several movements to desensitize the nerves. If either of these treatments is not performed by a professional, it could be counterproductive and cause the Vertigo to get worse.
How is Vertigo Treatment Done?
Our doctors at Associates of Otolaryngology will first conduct a physical exam and evaluate your medical history to find where your particular Vertigo originates. The canalith repositioning procedure (CRP) can help relieve common vertigo, such as Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV). During the treatment, your head is moved in five consecutive positions, which progressively moves the canalith out of the posterior semi-circular canal and back into the utricle, providing improved balance. In most cases, symptoms are relieved after just one treatment. However, a low percentage of patients require a second CRP treatment.
After CRP, it’s important to be careful since you may still feel dizziness for a few days following the procedure. Important: please avoid any extreme head movements for the remainder of the procedure day. Avoid tilting your head in different positions, or bending over, and sleep with your head propped at a 45-degree angle. You may return to your normal activities the next day. If your symptoms are still present one week after treatment, we recommend a second CRP treatment.
If you are experiencing dizziness, loss of balance, or other signs of Vertigo, you may benefit from visiting our doctors at Associates of Otolaryngology to avoid further damage. Contact our Lone Tree or Denver, Colorado offices today to schedule your consultation.