People with vertigo often wonder if they should move around with vertigo or sit still. It depends on the root cause of your vertigo symptoms. In this blog, I discuss considerations in moving around with vertigo for three specific root causes.
I want to share with you a story about a woman I recently met who was having vertigo with lying down. This blog details some of the risks of untreated BPPV.
Dizziness with head turns can be caused by root causes involving the central nervous system (CNS), the neck bones, the neck muscles and/ or the inner ear, i.e. the vestibular system. The management of dizziness with head turns depends on the root cause, so determining the root cause is critical to optimizing outcomes. It is important to remember that multiple root causes are often present and all root causes need to be addressed for the best results.
Today I am going to answer a question that I hear frequently from my older patients patients which is, “Why do I feel less steady when I come indoors after being outside during the day?”
How can a Physical Therapist who specializes in dizziness and vertigo offer an online course called “Improve Bladder Control: Evidence-Based Bladder Retraining Program?” It is very interesting that I have discovered that many people do not drink enough water due in order to prevent embarrassing accidents and that causes dizziness when they stand up.
Today we’re going to answer the frequently asked question (FAQ) that I hear from my patients which is, “If I want to prevent myself from falling, or reduce fall risk, what do I need to know or do medically?”
Today we are going to answer the frequently asked question (FAQ) that I often hear from people which is, ‘”Will my dizziness ever go away?”
Today we are going to answer a question that I frequently hear (FAQ) from my patients, which is, “Should I be supplementing with vitamin D to reduce my risk of falling?”
Today we are going to answer a question that I frequently hear (FAQ) from my patients which is, “Why do I get dizzy when I look up?”
The key point of Pat’s story is to understand that she never complained of dizziness and vertigo, but had unexplained repeated falls and always tested positive for BPPV. I offer three tips to detect BPPV symptoms.
I said, “Well, let’s see of your brain still feels foggy after we treat your vertigo symptoms because BPPV can cause impairments in short term memory and concentration.”
Let this be a wake-up call for those experiencing “room spinning” to seek out help from a Vestibular Expert before serious fall-related injuries occur.
It dawned on me how important it might be for people who have unstable walking, chronic falls or foot neuropathy to ask a friend or family member if they appear to be shuffling their feet on the ground while they walk.
Recently, I was chatting with a retired physician about my clinical specialty in Dizziness and Vertigo. We had a good laugh about the fact that an entire clinical practice could be built around one main symptom.
A patient I saw today amazed me in the last 6 weeks by the improvement in his walking stability and his confidence with walking outside. When I first saw him, he was literally shuffling – or sliding – his feet along the floor with small steps while he walked and he teetered side to side.
I would like to share tips to manage an acute episode of vertigo that was provoked by lying down.
Does this sound like you or someone you know with dizziness, vertigo, imbalance or unexplained repeated falls?
You’ve hit a lot of dead ends but you haven’t given up.
Check out my second UCSD Stein Public Lecture “Dizziness and Vertigo – Research in Aging.” I host a panel of experienced clinicians to discuss a comprehensive approach to dizziness and vertigo.
The diagnosis and immediate treatment of BPPV can be made based on the clinical history and physical exam by a properly trained clinician without any specialized testing equipment.
I recently met a woman in her 40s who had spent the previous few weeks crawling around her apartment on her hands and knees.
About five years ago, I accepted a one-year travel position as a full-time physical therapist working in Home Health on the Monterey Peninsula.
The wonderful thing about my situation is that because I understand vertigo and it’s multi-factorial causes so clearly, I’ve been able to navigate through a difficult exacerbation of my health symptoms and advocate for myself as I continue to seek out care from specialist providers.
After his examination and treatment, one of my patients asked me very inquisitively, “Is BPPV always on the side you sleep on?”
Living in California, it is sometimes hard to tell if I am experiencing vertigo or if we are having an earthquake.
Today we are going to answer a frequently asked question that I hear from a lot of people, which is “what is the most common vestibular disorder?”
It is important to tell a doctor if you have fallen – especially if you were injured – and to seek out preventative services like vestibular rehabilitation when you are dizzy, before a fall.
I believe that ultimately all Physical Therapists (PTs) should know how to screen for BPPV and how to screen for other vestibular disorders, especially those PTs working in geriatrics.
Just as I needed to be a social support for my grandfather as he coped with the loss of his spouse, patients who are going through the stress of living day to day with a vestibular disorder need to be sure to seek out a social support system for their own well-being.
Often people living with Vestibular Disorders look totally normal and fine, which causes confusion for those who love them.
Had I not suffered so deeply for so many years, I would not have been as motivated to master this material and further develop new ideas and strategies to help myself feel better.
I have noticed that for myself and for my patients with Vestibular Health issues, time with extended family or family we have not kept in close touch with can be exhausting and frustrating.
I have put together six travel tips to spark helpful ideas for people with dizziness and vertigo who are preparing to travel.
The space in between the drum beats was just as important as the beat itself to create a rhythm. Rhythmical breathing can help you relax and feel calm.
Today we are going to answer the frequently asked question, “How can I manage an episode of vertigo?” And I offer three tips.
Today we are going to answer a question which I often hear from my patients, which is “Can My Reaction Time Be Improved with Practice?”
People who suffer from dizziness, vertigo, imbalance and unexplained repeated falls often require a team approach for optimal recovery. In this 90-minute webinar, I share information for professionals on normal aging, balance and how to reduce fall risk.
Anyone who suffers with migraines, like I do, knows that certain "triggers" can set off a migraine episode. My list of migraine triggers is well-known to my close family and friends, so they can all help me avoid being exposed to anything that will make my head hurt...
Dr. Kimberley Bell, DPT discusses her top five signs and symptoms of a vestibular disorder, including dizziness, vertigo, and imbalance.
Let’s be grateful to our physicians for all that they do to help us. If we can approach our physicians with compassion and gratitude, it will be a better experience for all involved in healthcare.
While recovering from a labral tear of my hip which required extensive surgery to repair, I experienced the powerful healing benefits of laughter. It changed my life, so I invite you to laugh with me!