Vertigo and dizziness have a major negative impact on patients. They find their mobility reduced, both when walking and when they want to drive a car. They become fearful of falling and getting hurt. Many patients who come to our practice declare that they have reduced most of their usual activities, as well as hobbies they loved, due to frequent episodes of vertigo. Our chiropractors will shine a light on the causes of this condition, as well as on how we can help you find relief from vertigo and dizziness.
Why People Suffer from Vertigo and Dizziness
In our experience, most patients who make an appointment with our chiropractors complaining of vertigo suffer from benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). Older patients are more predisposed to suffer from this condition (50% of cases) compared to the younger age groups (20%).
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People under 50 years old are more likely to develop vertigo and dizziness as a result of trauma, either from a car accident, a slip, and fall, or a sports accident. In the most severe cases, vertigo and dizziness are the symptoms of a stroke, a tumor, multiple sclerosis, or a neurological disease, such as Meniere’s Disease.
How Do You Get Diagnosed with BBPV?
As we mentioned above, many patients who try chiropractic care for vertigo and dizziness suffer from BBPV. This condition is diagnosed by:
- Looking at the patient’s medical history
- Performing a physical examination a
- Performing neurological examination
Both doctors and chiropractors agree that certain people are at a higher risk of developing this condition if they suffered:
- A head injury
- A severe virus of cold
- Several minor strokes
Aging and the use of medication known to damage the ear (such as Gentamicin to treat meningitis) are also factors that predispose people to vertigo and dizziness caused by BBPV. However, there are still nearly 50% of cases of so-called idiopathic BBPV, meaning that the condition does not have a clear cause.
Why Choose Chiropractic Care for Vertigo and Dizziness?
Many doctors prescribe medicines that simply treat the symptom of vertigo and not the underlying cause. Moreover, in some cases, patients have been prescribed a sedative, which prohibits them from driving or operating machinery and have any side effects (including a drop in blood pressure, feelings of anxiety, increased sensitivity of the skin to UV light, and insomnia).
For our chiropractors, the risk/benefit ratio of this treatment is clearly not balanced. Our alternative – various chiropractic maneuvers and adjustments – are completely safe and do not have contraindications (many prescription pills for vertigo are not suitable for patients with other conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, or kidney problems).
Restore the Sense of Balance in Several Chiropractic Appointments
Our chiropractors can resolve vertigo and dizziness caused by BBPV in several appointments. We apply the best practices in chiropractic in treating patients, focusing on the entire person, not only removing the symptoms. At the same time, we will teach patients rehabilitation exercises to do at home, which complement the chiropractic manipulations we perform in our clinic. In a short period of time, our patients report a significant improvement.
We Are Here for Your Long Term Chiropractic Care for Vertigo and Dizziness
Some patients continue to experience mild vertigo episodes a few times per year. We recommend chiropractic maintenance appointments to make these episodes as infrequent as possible and with the lowest potential impact on their daily life. Our chiropractors can help with most of the conditions causing vertigo and dizziness. We will always make sure that you have a proper diagnosis before we start any treatments and that chiropractic is the correct form of therapy for you. Call us now to schedule an evaluation appointment!