Vertigo is a medical condition that results in the patient suffering from sudden bursts of excessive dizziness, which leaves them feeling off balance. If you, or someone you know, have consistent dizzy spells, which leave you feeling like you are spinning, or that the world around you is spinning, you may be the victim of vertigo. Let’s look at this condition in some detail:
Causes Of Vertigo:
In most cases, vertigo is caused by an inner ear problem. Some of the most commonly faced causes of this condition include:
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV): BPPV occurs when tiny calcium particles begin to build up in the canals of your inner ear. This blocks your inner ear from being able to send signals to the brain about head and body movements, in relation to gravity. This, in essence, is how you keep your balance, which BPPV prevents from happening.
Meniere's Disease: This condition is an inner ear disorder as well, which medical studies suggest is caused by a build-up of fluid in the ear, which results in fluctuating pressure in the ear. This, in turn, can cause episodes of vertigo, in addition to a ringing sensation in the ears (tinnitus), as well as hearing loss.
Vestibular Neuritis or Labyrinthitis: This is another inner ear problem that can cause vertigo, and is normally an infection-related disorder (usually viral). This infection results in inflammation in the inner ear, particularly around the nerves that are essential for correct body sense balance.
In rare cases, vertigo can also be caused by:
Common Symptoms/Signs of Vertigo:
Vertigo is often caused by a sudden change in the position of your head. The main signs that indicate vertigo include:
Other commonly noticed symptoms that may indicate vertigo include:
In most cases, symptoms of vertigo can last for a period varying between a few minutes to a few hours or more and may come and go.
Treatment Procedure for Vertigo:
Treatment of this condition will vary on the underlying cause of the same. In most cases, vertigo will disappear without the need for any treatment, as your brain is able to adapt and begin to rely on other mechanisms to maintain balance.
However, some cases will require treatment, and commonly used procedures include:
The Apollo Clinic Experience:
Suffering from vertigo can have a massive impact on your lifestyle, as balance is essential in almost everything that we do. At Apollo Clinic, our specialists are trained to ascertain the cause of your vertigo, and give you the right treatment at the right time to ensure minimal impact on your lifestyle. With years of experience and the latest technology and treatment protocols in place, our centre is equipped to handle the most extreme of vertigo cases. If you feel that you are suffering from vertigo, get in touch with our experts today.