By WIN Contributor: Jennifer Lepere, PT, DPT - Doctor of Physiotherapy
Many people say to me, my doctor told me I have vertigo, but I don’t know what it means. I am here to help navigate the technical terms that surround our dizzy patients.
Dizziness and Vertigo are not interchangeable words. They describe different symptoms, and they have different causes.
Vertigo Vs. Dizziness
VERTIGO is a very specific symptom where you feel like the room is spinning. True DIZZINESS is a general feeling of light-headedness, wooziness or nearly fainting. Whereas disequilibrium is a feeling off loss of balance, motion sickness or feeling like you are leaning to one side.
Many people in their life time will experience some kind of dizziness. Dizziness isn’t a disease but rather a very common symptom of numerous conditions, with some more serious than others. Some examples are sudden drop in blood pressure (like if you were to stand up too quickly), a side effect of a medication, low blood pressure, hypoglycemia, headaches, excessive exercises, dehydration or alcohol.
Vertigo is caused by an inner ear problem. The inner ear is the centre for balance and coordination. And when we have a problem here we have a problem with our ability to stay upright. The technical term for the most common condition is Begin Paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), which simply means the room spinning dizziness occurs when you put her head in a certain position, such when you lay down or turn onto your side while laying down.
What can be done if you experience dizziness or vertigo?
First step is to talk to your doctor about your symptoms and rule out the more serious conditions. Next step is to come into WIN HEALTH SOLUTIONS and see me, Jennifer Lepere PT, DPT. I am one of the few Niagara Falls physiotherapists who have experience in treating people with dizziness and vertigo through Vestibular Rehab. Together we can discuss your symptoms and develop an individualized plan. To learn more please visit our web site at www.winhealth.ca. I look forward to visiting with you and offering you effective treatment options for your vestibular health concern.