Vertigo and Dizziness: Signs, Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

  • Do you feel dizzy, disoriented or off-balance on a regular basis?

  • Are you concerned that there is something neurologically wrong?

  • Do you find yourself feeling anxious before driving or other high risk activities because of your dizzy spells? 

  • Have you seen doctors or specialists, but fail to find answers?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you’re likely suffering from vertigo or dizziness which could be caused by treatable physiological issues.

What is vertigo?

Vertigo is a feeling of spinning when you are not actually moving. Vertigo results from inner ear problems. Some of the most common types of vertigo include Benign Positional Paroxysmal Vertigo (BPPV) , Meniere's Disease or Central Vertigo.  

We see hundreds of patients each year for vertigo, yet prior to coming to our office most people with this condition don’t know why they have it or what to do about it. Those suffering with vertigo are left feeling confused, scared and disheartened.

If you have vertigo, you’re in the right place, because we specialize in rehabilitation for this bothersome condition! Following a comprehensive evaluation with gold standard testing for vertigo, we can design a customized rehabilitation plan to get you on the road to recovery!

If you’re not sure if Vertigo is causing your problems, then read on!

What is the difference between Vertigo, Dizziness, & Unsteadiness?

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Vertigo is the feeling of spinning. Dizzinesses occurs when you feel light-headed, faint, woozy or disoriented. Unsteadiness is a feeling of imbalance, especially when walking. Those who are experiencing these symptoms know just how scary this can be, especially when you’re unsure what is happening or where to go for help.

People with vertigo and dizziness may describe the following symptoms:

  • Spinning

  • Tilting

  • Swaying or Floating

  • Bobbing

  • Unbalanced

  • Pulled to one direction

  • Light headed

  • Spatial disorientation

  • Imbalance 

  • Unsteadiness

  • Disequilibrium

Other symptoms that may accompany vertigo and dizziness include:

  • Feeling nauseated

  • Vomiting

  • Abnormal or jerking eye movements

  • Headache

  • Sweating

  • Ringing in the ears or hearing loss

  • Blurry vision

  • Photophobia (sensitivity to light)

  • Phonophobia (sensitivity to sound)

What Are The Triggers for Vertigo and Dizziness?

  • Moving your head quickly

  • Overstimulation from the environment (grocery store, malls, action movies)

  • Driving

  • Riding in a car

  • Motion sickness

  • Migraines

  • Imbalance/gait ataxia (unsteadiness when walking)

  • Orthostatic changes (changing from lying position to standing)

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Our customized approach allows us to determine any weaknesses in the brain ‘s ability to process movement and whether these relays are functioning efficiently. Once objective tests are completed, we can then recommend a neurological and vestibular rehabilitation plan customized specifically for you and your symptoms!

The good news is you do not have to live with these debilitating symptoms. You can experience a FULL LIFE after treatment! We understand the causes and can create a treatment plan specifically for you.

Schedule a complimentary phone consultation with Dr. Afzal today so we can discuss your symptoms, the possible causes, and the next best step for your to achieve lasting wellness.