How to Manage Your Vertigo

If you’ve ever gotten a “head rush” from standing up too fast or bending over to tie a shoe, you know how unbalanced it can make you feel. If the sensation persists once you’re stabilized, you could have a balance disorder. Commonly referred to as vertigo, this sudden sensation of spinning can take many forms and have just as many causes.

At Arizona Institute of Neurology & Polysomnography in Casa Grande, Arizona, Dr. Habib Khan specializes in balance disorders and can help you diagnose and treat the cause of your vertigo. 

What causes vertigo?

The most common causes of vertigo or balance disorders are often ear-related. The inner ear is responsible for sending signals to the brain regarding the direction of body and head movements in relation to gravity; fluid, inflammation, or disease of the inner ear can cause the nerves to send faulty signals, leading to a sense of bodily disorientation.

Other causes of balance issues can include a blow to the head, brain injury, stroke, migraine headaches, B1 deficiency, mountain sickness (vertigo at high altitudes), or certain medications. 

Managing vertigo

Each cause of vertigo will indicate a unique plan of treatment. Once Dr. Khan determines the cause of your balance disorder, he’ll work with you to create a plan. 

If you have BBPV, the Epley Maneuver is the go-to treatment. It consists of a series of head and body motions designed to move the calcium deposits in your ears and restore your sense of balance. This can be done in the office to demonstrate what to do, and thereafter at home in bed for safety.

For inner or middle ear infections, antibiotics and/or anti-inflammatories may be used, followed by balance exercises. If you have dizziness related to migraines, or balance issues due to a head injury, vestibular rehabilitation can help you regain your sense of balance. 

If you have recurrent vertigo or other balance issues, contact our office for a consultation with Dr. Khan. He can help you diagnose the cause and manage the symptoms of your balance disorder. Call 520-201-8837 or book online for convenience.

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