Helpful Information & Resources for Vertigo

Acute Vertigo: 3 Possible Causes

Acute Vertigo: 3 Possible Causes

Did you wake up with vertigo? You are not alone. In this blog, we will discuss three possible causes of acute vertigo and what to do. Is it an Emergency? If you have acute vertigo, the first step is to decide if you need emergency care. You can contact your personal...

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Why Do I Feel Dizzy When I Stand Up?

Why Do I Feel Dizzy When I Stand Up?

Dizziness while standing can have various root causes. The key information that will help your healthcare providers determine the root cause is the duration of the symptoms. When you stand up, how long does the dizziness last? In this article, I will share ten...

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Why Do I Have Pulsating Dizziness?

Why Do I Have Pulsating Dizziness?

Pulsating dizziness typically indicates that the heartbeat is somehow involved. In this blog, we will discuss a few possible causes of pulsating dizziness and what type of healthcare providers may be able to help. Pulsating dizziness may be fairly constant and can...

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Why Am I Dizzy in the Morning?

Why Am I Dizzy in the Morning?

Some people feel dizzy in the morning. In this article, I will discuss a few possible reasons for dizziness in the morning and what to do. Possible Reasons for Dizziness in the Morning Reason 1: BPPV BPPV is the most common vestibular cause of dizziness and vertigo....

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Recurrent BPPV Risk Factors

Recurrent BPPV Risk Factors

BPPV has a high recurrence rate and is mostly idiopathic (no known cause). There is no current general consensus among researchers or clinicians about recurrent BPPV risk factors. Therefore, risk factors for recurrent BPPV is a very important topic! I’ve recently...

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COVID Related Dizziness

COVID Related Dizziness

COVID related dizziness is a huge epidemic. Since the era of COVID began in early 2020, my private physical therapy practice has never been more busy. I’ve seen a huge uptick in new cases of dizziness and vertigo, especially in young people. I’ll share some of my...

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Dizziness and Neck Stiffness

Dizziness and Neck Stiffness

Dizziness and Neck Stiffness Typically the neck is not even considered as a possible root cause of dizziness unless the patient complains of neck pain. I have found neck stiffness can cause motion-activated dizziness and neck pain. Neck Mobility is Important to...

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Vertigo with Hearing Loss

Vertigo with Hearing Loss

Vertigo with hearing loss should not be ignored. This type of symptom cluster typically requires a thorough work up, including but not limited to a brain MRI and comprehensive hearing test. When I evaluate a new patient who has vertigo with hearing loss, I usually...

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Treatment Techniques for BPPV

Treatment Techniques for BPPV

On Friday February 24, 2023, I attended an outstanding lecture on Treatment Techniques for BPPV at a national physical therapy conference (CSM) called: Beyond Posterior Canal BPPV: Clinical Decision Making and a Critical Appraisal of Treatment Techniques for Anterior...

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Meniere’s Vertigo

Meniere’s Vertigo

Meniere’s vertigo attacks are recurrent episodes of severe vertigo, dizziness, tinnitus, and hearing loss (along with other symptoms) that occur spontaneously and last for minutes to hours, up to a day, then resolve. The co-occurring symptoms include nausea, vomiting,...

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Root Causes of Upper Cervical Dizziness

Root Causes of Upper Cervical Dizziness

There are many different causes of upper cervical dizziness. While upper cervical dizziness can be treated and relieved by a specialized physical therapist or chiropractor, the results may only be short-lived if the root cause is elusive. For long-term recovery from...

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Epley Maneuver for Vertigo

Epley Maneuver for Vertigo

In this blog, I discuss the Epley Maneuver for vertigo. The Epley maneuver was first published in 1992 by the late Dr. John Epley, M.D. This BPPV treatment maneuver is specifically for free floating BPPV crystals in the posterior canal. Free floating BPPV particles in...

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Doctor Shopping for Vertigo Care

Doctor Shopping for Vertigo Care

Doctor Shopping for Vertigo Care Many patients with dizziness and vertigo are tempted to start doctor shopping for vertigo care. However, I have observed that this approach may ultimately cause disappointment. For purposes of this article, I am defining "doctor...

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A Vertigo Treatment Plan Can Help

A Vertigo Treatment Plan Can Help

The Importance of a Vertigo Treatment Plan In my opinion, the most important thing when creating a vertigo treatment plan is to select a team of professionals that you trust and follow their treatment plan step by step. Depending on the root cause of your symptoms,...

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Respiratory Issues And Dizziness

Respiratory Issues And Dizziness

Low blood oxygen levels and respiratory issues can cause dizziness. These problems are unrelated to vestibular issues such as BPPV vertigo. Vestibular problems and non-vestibular problems may co-occur in the same patient, so a comprehensive assessment is important for...

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Blood Pressure and Vertigo: The Link

Blood Pressure and Vertigo: The Link

Blood Pressure and Vertigo People who have problems such as hypertension or hypotension may experience dizziness from the blood pressure itself. We may also find that there is a link between blood pressure and vertigo or dizziness, related to the vestibular system....

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Anxiety Related Dizziness

Anxiety Related Dizziness

Dizziness and Anxiety Most patients with dizziness tend to show symptoms of stress. For some patients, dizziness and vertigo can trigger clinically diagnosable anxiety symptoms. We often think of dizziness or vertigo causing anxiety, due to the stress. Yet some people...

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Lightheadedness and Presyncope

Lightheadedness and Presyncope

Lightheadedness and Presyncope When a patient complains of "dizziness," it may not always be a vestibular issue. There are many non-vestibular causes of dizziness. Lightheadedness and Presyncope are two symptoms that patients may be experiencing when they say they...

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Reflux and Vertigo: What Is The Link?

Reflux and Vertigo: What Is The Link?

Many people suffer from reflux and vertigo. Heartburn is another term for reflux. If reflux gets to be a chronic problem, it can eventually lead to GERD. That stands for gastro-esophageal reflux disease. Some patients have silent reflux, which is called LPR. This may...

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How Incontinence Contributes to Falls

How Incontinence Contributes to Falls

It may surprise you to learn that incontinence contributes to falls. As a clinician since 2002 and working in home health since 2004, I have observed quite a few ways this can happen. How Incontinence Contributes to Falls Slip and Fall Accident One way that...

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Maintaining Mobility In Retirement

Maintaining Mobility In Retirement

One of the myths people think about retiring is that they are going to get to relax. That is a bit of a myth because although you won’t be working at a full-time job with an employer, your full-time job now is maintaining mobility in retirement, including muscle...

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