It can be debilitating trying to manage vertigo symptoms, especially if you feel as though the entire world is spinning around you. The experts at Emcura Immediate Care in Bloomfield Hills and Northville Township, Michigan, emphasize a natural approach to patient care, including innovative techniques for diagnosing and treating conditions like vertigo. If you’re feeling dizzy or off balance, call Emcura Immediate Care or schedule an appointment online today.
Vertigo is a condition that causes balance issues or dizziness. In addition to these symptoms, you might also experience:
The symptoms of vertigo can last for a few minutes, several hours, or multiple days. In some cases, they also come and go.
Your inner ear is directly responsible for your hearing and balance. When you’ experience vertigo symptoms, they’re usually due to inner ear problems. One of the most common inner your problems leading to vertigo is benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV).
While the exact cause of BPPV isn’t known, when it develops the crystals in your ear that help you sense gravity become dislodged. As these crystals move into your semicircular canals, they can become more sensitive to changes in your head position that normally don’t cause problems. This sensitivity leads to vertigo symptoms.
Additional causes of vertigo include Meniere’s disease, which leads to fluid buildup and pressure changes in your ears, or vestibular neuritis due to a viral infection. In rare cases, certain medications, brain problems like stroke or tumor, or migraines can trigger vertigo symptoms.
To diagnose vertigo, your provider at Emcura Immediate Care usually relies on vestibular testing techniques such as the Dix-Hallpike maneuver. During this simple test, your provider has you sit on the examination table and perform a variety of movements, like leaning backward while turning your head in a specific direction.
Based on your Dix-Hallpike test, your provider might recommend a variety of treatments, such as medications like high-dose steroid shots or oral steroids. In many cases, they can also relieve the symptoms of BPPV using a repositioning technique known as the Epley maneuver.
The Epley maneuver is designed to reposition any crystals in your inner ear that may be leading to your vertigo symptoms. Your provider performs this technique in the office while you sit on the exam table. Using this gentle technique, your doctor guides your body through several movements while holding your head in certain directions until your dizziness stops.
For more information on diagnosing and treating vertigo, call Emcura Immediate Care or schedule an appointment online today.