Vertigo makes you feel off-balance and dizzy, and it can feel as though the world is spinning around. If you're experiencing these sensations regularly, the team at Advantage ENT can help. The board-certified otolaryngologists provide in-house testing to assess your vertigo and offer treatments to relieve your symptoms. Call one of their offices in Arvada, the northern part of Westminster, and Wheat Ridge, Colorado, to find out more or request a consultation using the online request form.
Occasionally feeling off-balance and dizzy isn't uncommon. If you have vertigo, you might feel like you are moving or spinning when you aren’t, or feel the need to sit down or hold onto something because you think you might fall. These sensations can make it hard to lead a normal life.
When you're experiencing vertigo to this extent, you should visit Advantage ENT. They can identify any underlying medical condition that might be causing your vertigo.
Vertigo is commonly a symptom of problems with your inner ear, which plays an essential role in your ability to maintain balance. Conditions that might cause vertigo include:
Meniere's disease can develop if you have a fluid and pressure buildup in your inner ear. The condition causes tinnitus (often described as “roaring”), ear pressure or fullness i, as well as hearing loss and vertigo.
BPPV is one of the most common causes of vertigo and causes brief episodes of dizziness caused by head movement. The cause of BPPV is often not known, however it can be caused by trauma.
BPPVoccurs when tiny crystals (canaliths) located in your inner ear become dislodged. When this happens, certain head and body movements cause the crystals to move around, stimulatingthe nerve endings inside your inner ear.
The resulting symptoms are typically brief but intense episodes of vertigo. Repositioning maneuvers may be recommended for this type of vertigo.
Labyrinthitis develops because of an infection or virus causing inflammation of your inner ear. The inflammation results in symptoms such as vertigo, nausea, tinnitus, and hearing loss.
Vestibular neuritis is a closely related condition that causes vertigo and dizziness as a result of inflammation of your inner ear. However, it is generally not associated with changes in hearing.
More unusual causes of vertigo include migraines, head and neck injuries, brain tumors, and strokes. Certain medications might list vertigo as a side effect. Cerebellar hemorrhage, a life-threatening condition, can also cause vertigo.
You might not need treatment for your vertigo, as sometimes your brain can adapt to the problem. If your brain learns to compensate, your vertigo might clear up. If your vertigo does require treatment, your provider may recommend medication. Other options include:
Your vestibular system directs signals to your brain about the relationship between your head and body movements and gravity, which helps you balance. Vestibular rehabilitation is a type of physical therapy that strengthens your vestibular system.
Canalith repositioning maneuvers are precise movements of your head and body, which can help treat symptoms of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). These procedures help to move displaced crystals (canaliths) back to an area in your ear where they won’t cause vertigo.
Medications can also help treat vertigo. If you have vertigo because of an infection, antibiotics mayhelp. Anti-inflammatories or steroid medications can reduce inflammation in your inner ear. If you have Meniere's disease, diuretics can decrease the fluid level in your ears.
Your provider at Advantage ENT can also prescribe medication to help with nausea, which is a common side effect of vertigo.
To learn more and discuss your condition, call the office or request an appointment online.