Vertigo is an extremely common condition. However, the factors that lead up to it still seem very mysterious. Many find that the onset of vertigo follows head or neck injuries. This gives a clue to the underlying problem. On the other hand, researchers have developed certain guidelines, specifically when it comes to dealing with vertigo brought by benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. Here are 5 things to keep in mind.
#1: It is Important to differentiate between benign paroxysmal positional vertigo and other forms of vertigo, dizziness, and disequilibrium. If a discernable cause of vertigo is noted, then the underlying issue needs to be treated. In some cases, vertigo can be a sign of a heart condition that needs to be addressed immediately.
#2: A person suffering from vertigo should undergo an assessment to determine the risk of a fall. The frequency of vertigo often increases as a person ages. Therefore, this may correspond to more falls. About 1 in 3 seniors over the age of 65 fall each year.
#3: Canalith repositioning can help. Repositioning of the head, such as with the Epley Maneuver, can “reset” the fluid inside the ears and stop a bout of vertigo. Of course, it is important to note that these maneuvers help patients during a vertigo attack but do not prevent future episodes.
#4: Physicians should not automatically administer antihistamines or other vestibular suppressants. Vestibular suppressants have many side effects and some, such as benzodiazepines, can be mind-altering or addictive. Patients should have it only if absolutely necessary rather than as the standard form of care.
#5: Reevaluation of treatment methods after a month is a must. Observing if symptoms are reduced or eliminated can help to determine if a course of care is proving successful.
The top bones in the spine can play a major role in vestibular function by affecting the brainstem, the vertebral arteries, and cerebrospinal fluid drainage. Many find that a gentle adjustment of the C1 and C2 helps reduce or eliminate the occurrence of vertigo. To learn more, contact an upper cervical chiropractor near you for a consultation.
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