What Is Vertigo And How Is It Treated In Chicago?
Vertigo: Basic Information
According to the University of Wisconsin Division of Otolaryngology, as many as 42% of all adults experience episodes of dizziness that are severe enough to report to their doctor. Many of these are older adults, which means the dizziness also causes them to suffer from a fear of falling, which in turn keeps them from enjoying basic daily activities and events that most people take for granted. These symptoms often come on gradually, over an extended period of time, and go unrecognized until they can no longer be overlooked.
Vertigo varies from feelings of being dizzy or woozy to feeling like you are going to fall over or pass out. 70% of patients are given prescription medications to treat the symptoms, but this will not solve the problem or improve balance. This is unfortunate as there is nothing worse than feeling fine but being unable to get out and do things for fear of getting dizzy and falling.
But there is hope; new vertigo treatment options are available to reduce and at times even eliminate the symptoms of vertigo- laser treatments. Here at the Pain Relief Institute, we specialize in the application of HILT and MLS laser therapy for vertigo and other health conditions as well!
Symptoms of Vertigo
Vertigo is often brought on by quickly moving your head or changing positions. People with vertigo generally talk about their symptoms in the following ways:
- Spinning and dizziness like getting off a spinning tire swing
- Tilting and feeling like the ground is moving under their feet
- Swaying and being pushed around by an invisible force
- Feeling unbalanced like one side of the body feels heavier than the other
- Feeling pulled to one side or in one direction when trying to walk
Other symptoms associated with vertigo include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Abnormal eye movements
- Headache from mild to severe
- Sweating and feeling feverish
- Ringing in the ears or hearing loss
- Blurred or distorted vision
- Paleness and overall body weakness
Symptoms can last a few minutes to a few hours or more and may come and go. Any cases of vertigo that last more than a few minutes or that result in falling or blacking out need to be reported to a healthcare professional as soon as possible. This is essential as it is important to check for other symptoms in order to rule out other more serious underlying conditions that might be causing the vertigo.
Causes of Vertigo
Vertigo is often the result of some sort of inner ear problem. Some of the common inner ear issues we see in our patients who suffer from vertigo include:
BPPV. Short for benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, this is a condition that occurs when tiny calcium particles, which are known as canaliths, gather into clumps in the deeper canals of the inner ear. The inner ear is key to maintaining balance, and these deposits interfere with this and result in dizziness and loss of balance.
Meniere’s disease. This disorder also affects the deep inner ear and is thought to be caused by increased pressure in the ear. Usually it is the accumulation of fluid in the inner ear that causes this pressure. It can cause episodes of vertigo and other disturbances such as ringing in the ears and hearing loss, which can also affect balance.
Vestibular neuritis or labyrinthitis. Another inner ear problem that is common in people who suffer from vertigo, this condition is usually related to infection in the ear. The infection leads to inflammation, swelling, and irritation in the inner ear and affects the nerves that communicate with the brain and help control balance, movement, and stability.
Vertigo can also have its roots in other conditions such as:
- Head, back, or neck injury that affects the spine and nerves
- Brain problems like stroke, aneurism, blood clots, or tumors
- Certain medications that can affect the ears or hinder balance
- Migraine headaches and other severe headaches as well
New Revolutionary HILT and MLS Laser Therapy for Vertigo
Here at the Pain Relief Institute, our philosophy for the care of our patients is very simple: see fewer patients, spend more time with every patient, schedule appointments within days and not weeks or even months, and create an experience for the patient that is the foundation to cultivating a genuine patient-provider bond. At the Pain Relief Institute, we schedule new patient appointments every 30-45 minutes so that our staff is able to take their time and really get to understand our patients, their complete health history, and what treatments really are best for their unique situation and needs.
Traditional healthcare clinics schedule patients to be seen on average of every 10 minutes and spend seven to eight minutes with the patient tops. Today most clinics are trying to see more patients, not less, due to decreasing reimbursements. However, we do not buy into this view and believe that less is more when it comes to taking care of our patients.
We are committed to providing the very best in HILT and MLS Laser Therapy for Vertigo and any other condition that our patients come to us with. We offer other vertigo treatment and therapy options as well. To see what we can do for you, give us a call today and get started on the path to a happier and healthier life that is free from the pain and discomfort and worry of vertigo!