The world spins when you get to your feet and you feel unbalanced as you try to move around. These hallmarks of vertigo can make life fairly challenging and threaten your ability to accomplish even the simplest of tasks.
If you or a loved one is struggling with ongoing vertigo, Jason LaMendola, PT, and the team of experienced physical therapy experts here at TLC Physical Therapy can help. Through targeted exercises and work-arounds, we can show you how to manage and avoid your vertigo so that you can function confidently again.
Why the vertigo?
When we say vertigo, we’re describing a condition in which you experience dizziness, lightheadedness, and problems with balance.
Vertigo is very common — it affects about 15%-20% of adults annually in the United States — and there are two main types:
- Peripheral vertigo, which stems from a problem in your vestibular nerve or inner ear
- Central vertigo, which occurs due to an issue in your brain, such as a stroke or tumor
Of the two types, peripheral vertigo is more prevalent and, breaking it down even further, the most common type of peripheral vertigo is benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). With BPPV, there are loose pieces of debris in your inner ear that confuse your brain, causing dizziness, especially with certain movements of your head.
Addressing vertigo through physical therapy
As you work with your health care provider to address your vertigo, our vestibular specialists can play an integral role in helping you to function more normally in the face of vertigo.
We start with a complete evaluation of your vertigo to see how it’s affecting your movements and your balance. For example, we mentioned how certain head movements can exacerbate your vertigo and we study those to find ways in which we can work around them.
We also work to resolve the underlying problem by teaching you exercises that:
- Improve your balance
- Help your brain account for the inner ear issue
- Improve your vision and ability to focus
- Increase your tolerance toward certain movements and stimuli
At the same time, we also address any functional issues you may be having that are proving difficult. For example, if you’re concerned about negotiating stairs, we work on these specifically until you can climb up and down with confidence.
Our facilities are all state-of-the-art and we have the equipment you need to help you find better balance in your everyday life.
In addition to the work you do with us, we also provide you with vertigo exercises that you can perform at home that will help you improve more quickly.
If you’re tired of vertigo limiting your life and you want to learn more about how targeted physical therapy can help you get back on your feet with confidence, please contact one of our offices on the North and South Shores of Staten Island; in Englishtown, New Jersey; or in Midtown Manhattan in New York City, to schedule an appointment.