Conditions We Treat: Spinning Sensation or Vertigo

Vertigo, a balance disorder, can affect people of nearly every age. Vertigo is a condition characterized by the sensation of spinning or whirling — even when standing perfectly still. It can seem as if you’re on a merry-go-round, but usually the only thing moving is your vision. The condition isn’t life-threatening, but it can interfere with everyday activities. In addition, it may point to a more serious underlying problem.

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What Causes Vertigo?

Balance problems can have a number of causes. The body’s vestibular system — involving the brain, inner ear, eyes, joints, muscles, and more — controls balance and equilibrium. Injury or other changes to the elements that form the vestibular system can result in problems such as vertigo.

More specifically, causes of vertigo include but are not limited to:

  • Head trauma
  • Neurological conditions
  • Ménière’s disease
  • Stroke
  • Motion sickness
  • Quick change in position
  • Inner ear problems from infection, cold, allergy, or other issues


What’s the Treatment for Vertigo?

Treatment depends on the underlying cause as well as severity, but the condition is usually simple to address. In many cases, the issue will resolve itself without professional intervention. If the condition persists, medications such as antihistamines and those for motion sickness may be prescribed.

Other balance treatment may include prescribed exercises designed to help the brain organize and coordinate information from the eyes, inner ear, and other balance-related organs to help regain a sense of equilibrium and balance.

Additional benefits from vertigo treatment include:

  • Proper coordination and balance
  • Reduced spinning sensation
  • Reduced nausea


Are There Risks With Vertigo Treatment?

Typically vertigo is fairly simple to address and relatively few risks are associated with treatment. However, antihistamines and motion sickness medications do have side effects. It’s important to exercise caution — especially if giving medication to children — and follow the doctor’s instructions.

ENT, Sinus & Hearing Care Center offers expert assessment and treatment of vertigo. If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms, please don’t wait. Contact us to schedule a comprehensive evaluation today.

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