vertigo and physical therapy treatment

Have you ever wondered how it feels like that the world around you is spinning continuously, the earth is spinning and you are unable to maintain your balance on that spinning Earth but in actuality, the earth is not spinning the world around you is still. It is the brain that is spinning. This condition is referred to as vertigo. In this condition, a patient feels spinning motion inside or outside the head and is unable to maintain an upright posture, and often falls because of balancing disorders

Causes of vertigo

It is a very painful condition and can lead to serious injuries because of falling, again and again, some of the causes of vertigo are

  • An ear infection
  • Ear disorders
  • Ears surgery
  • Trauma affects head and ear
  • Benign proximal positional vertigo
  • Migraine
  • labyrinthitis
  • vestibular neuronitis

 symptoms of vertigo

Most of the time it is difficult to identify vertigo by a normal person they mistook it with the symptoms of low BP or general weakness due to nutritional deficiencies

Symptoms that can differentiate vertigo from another type of balance disorder are

  • Improper balance
  • Dizziness
  • Hearing loss in ears
  • Ringing in the ears
  • feeling spinning or tilting motion in the body
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Unable to focus properly.

How can a physical therapist help?

Vertigo is a disease that is not treated by medicine other than medication. This condition is treated by physical therapy treatments. A physical therapist examines your condition and develops exercises that balance and strengthen your lower limb. Maintain your gate and enhance stability and mobility. After evaluating all the features of diseases a physical therapist will program a specific set of exercises including visual stability, neck stability, gate stability, balance retraining, and several other exercises which help achieve stability and prevent the injuries from falling because of vertigo.


It is a very dangerous condition in old age patients who are above 65 because at that time of life bones and muscles are sensitive to injury; a normal fall can break bones in elder age people. A physical therapist helps such people to maintain their balance and to effectively cope with the condition of vertigo so that it doesn’t damage any bone because of falling. They also practice various vestibular modalities in these patients so that the condition of vertigo will lessen with time and a person will be able to maintain the balance of body properly