Vertigo and Dizziness; What causes this and how can it be treated?

Vertigo and dizziness are two common conditions that can cause feelings of imbalance, instability, and spinning sensations. Vertigo is a specific type of dizziness characterized by a false sense of motion or spinning, even when the patient is stationary. Dizziness, on the other hand, is a more general term that refers to sensations such as light-headedness, feeling faint, or disorientation. Both conditions can be very distressing for patients, affecting their daily activities and quality of life. Fortunately, several treatment options are available to alleviate symptoms, depending on the underlying cause of the condition. This article will explore the differences between vertigo and dizziness, their causes, symptoms, and treatments.

If you are experiencing symptoms of vertigo or dizziness, it is important to schedule an appointment right away for a more accurate diagnosis while the patient is symptomatic.

Vertigo vs Dizziness; What causes it?

Vertigo and dizziness are often used interchangeably, but they are distinct sensations with different causes and symptoms causes of Vertigo/Dizziness include;

  • Inner ear problems such as crystal formation in the vestibular canal (BPPV)
  • Migraines or other headaches that affect the inner ear or the vestibular system.
  • Medications that affect the inner ear or the brain.
  • Head or neck injuries that affect the inner ear or the vestibular system.
  • High or low blood pressure.
  • Neurological conditions, such as multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease.
  • Dehydration or low blood sugar.
  • Ear infections or inflammation of the inner ear.

Vertigo and dizziness symptoms are more likely to manifest as a person ages, but symptoms can occur at any age.

Symptoms are more likely to manifest in women than men, but we have a large vertigo/vestibular caseload, including male patients.

Common Treatments for Vertigo & Dizziness

Physiotherapy is a very effective remedy to relieve symptoms of vertigo and dizziness and treat the underlying cause. The most common treatments for vertigo and dizziness include;

  • Vestibular rehabilitation therapy (physiotherapy)
  • Medications (symptom relief only and not recommended long term)
  • Surgery (in rare cases where other treatments are ineffective)
  • Lifestyle changes, such as avoiding triggers and staying hydrated

If you are experiencing symptoms of vertigo, we are more than happy to help you get back to feeling your best. Book a treatment with us today by calling us at 604-332-4487 or filling out a contact form here.