Falls are a major health care concern
According to Neuhauser and others (2005), vertigo is common in the general population, affecting more than 5% of adults in 1 year. Vertigo and dizziness can increase your risk of sustaining a serious fall. Falls are a major health concern, and up to 35% of older adults fall each year. Many older adults develop a fear of falling and they become less physically active as a result. Treatment to improve balance and prevent falls would help to reduce the risk of injury and build confidence in this population.
Vertigo and Dizziness
Vertigo refers to the displacement of crystals in the inner ear. Position changes, such as rolling over in bed, can cause a vertigo attack. Dizziness is a general term to describe the feeling of being off balance. There are several factors that can cause dizziness, including medications, dehydration, or low blood pressure. Many people do not realize that physical therapy can provide an effective cure for vertigo and dizziness. A physical therapy evaluation can find out the cause of your symptoms, and tailor a treatment plan according to your needs.
What exercises can help vertigo?
Physical therapists can evaluate each patient’s situation and determine what is causing their dizziness symptoms. The evaluation includes gait and balance assessment, strength, range of motion and more. If the patient is found to be at high risk for falls, a treatment plan can be developed to help improve balance and lower their risk. If you have questions on how to cure vertigo, contact your local physical therapist for more information.
Neuhauser, H. K., M. von Brevern, A. Radtke, et al. (2005). “Epidemiology of vestibular vertigo: a neurotologic survey of the general population.” Neurology65(6): 898-904.