Dizziness And Fall Prevention Physical Therapy Specialist

Fyzical PT Center

Emily Rade, DPT

Therapy and Balance Center located in Fort Lauderdale, FL

If you suffer from vertigo, a type of chronic dizziness, treatment eases symptoms and provides you with the quality of life you deserve. Physical therapist Dr. Emily Rade uses vestibular-rehabilitation exercises to reduce vertigo at Fyzical PT Center, located in Plantation, Florida. Call today to learn more, or book an appointment online with Dr. Rade.

Dizziness and Fall Prevention Physical Therapy Q & A

What is vertigo?

Vertigo is a type of dizziness that causes a false sense of movement. When you experience vertigo, you may notice:

  • Faintness or dizziness
  • Lightheadedness
  • A feeling of being unbalanced
  • A swimming sensation
  • Your head or environment is spinning
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Problems walking

If you have vertigo, you might feel like your body is being pulled to one side. Vertigo can increase your risk of falling and getting injured.

What causes vertigo?

Often the cause of vertigo isn’t known. It may result from disorders involving your inner ear, cerebellum, brain stem, or nerve tracts connecting parts of the ear to parts of the brain. These disorders may arise from taking certain medications or from unknown causes.

Am I at risk for vertigo?

Vertigo can happen to anybody, but benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, the most common form, often happens in people over age 50. This condition is more common in women than in men. If you experience a head injury or disorder that affects your inner ear, you’re at risk for vertigo.

How is vertigo diagnosed?

If you have symptoms of vertigo, your doctor goes over your medical history and completes a physical examination. They may complete a series of tests to determine what’s causing dizziness, or order MRIs or additional tests that detect abnormal eye movement.

What is the treatment for vertigo?

If you’ve been diagnosed with positional vertigo, Dr. Rade and the rest of the medical team at Fyzical PT Center ease symptoms by using a canalith-repositioning procedure. During the procedure, you may complete the following (or similar) maneuvers:

  • Move from a seated position to a reclining position with your head turned certain ways
  • Roll to your side with your head turned at specific angles
  • Return to a seated position with your head tilted down

You may notice results from canalith-repositioning exercises after one or two treatment sessions. If this treatment doesn’t relieve symptoms of vertigo, your doctor may recommend a surgical procedure using bone plugs to block portions of the inner ear.

When you’re ready to try noninvasive physical therapy as a way to reduce symptoms of vertigo without surgery, call Fyzical PT Center today or book an appointment online with Dr. Rade.