Vertigo Treatment In Seattle, WA

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You are likely to suffer from vertigo if the world seems to spin around you, and you find it challenging to stay on your feet.  However, you needn’t worry because it is a common condition, especially for people aged 65 and over.

However, do not ignore it because there is the risk of feeling dizzy and losing your balance while walking. There are various causes for vertigo and treatment options. Your Seattle chiropractor is the best place to consult for chiropractic care for vertigo.

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What Is Vertigo?

According to WebMD, “Vertigo is a sensation of feeling off-balance.” Vertigo is not a disease itself it is somewhat a consequence of some underlying vertigo-associated disease.

The phenomenon occurs in spells of dizziness. The issue is attributed to ear and neurological problems and can be a temporary or long-term disease.

There are various types of vertigo, but the most common is peripheral and central vertigo. Problems in the inner ear, which controls your balance causes peripheral vertigo. Central vertigo is due to a significant nervous system disease.  

Symptoms Of Vertigo

The main signs and symptoms of vertigo are as follows:

  • Difficulty getting up from a chair
  • Dizziness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Stumbling while walking
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Feelings similar to motion sickness
  • Tinnitus is  persistent ringing sounds in the ear
  • A sense of fullness in the ear
  • Hearing problems, especially in one ear
  • Loss of balance in eyes while moving that is nystagmus
  • Fatigue
  • Diplopia or double vision 
  • Blurry vision

What Are The Common Causes Of Vertigo?

Different issues lead up to a balancing problem. Some of these are self-resolving, whereas some are severe medical diseases. The most common causes of vertigo are:

  1. Inner ear infection 

The vestibulocochlear nerve is a cranial nerve passing through the middle ear responsible for maintaining body balance.  Therefore, any inflammation of the inner ear can compress the nerve leading to vertigo.

  • Labyrinthitis

Middle ear infection and inflammation can lead to a disorder known as labyrinthitis or inflammation of the inner ear labyrinth.

  • Vestibular neuritis

Vestibular neuritis is the inflammation of the vestibular nerve. The disease is similar to labyrinthitis, but there is no hearing loss as only the vestibular nerve is harmed and not the cochlear.

  1. Medication side effects

Intoxication or alcohol usage can also end up in vertigo. The abuse and side effects of different drugs (opioids and sedatives) and medicines can give you dizziness.  

  1. Spinning Activity

Young kids try different types of games when playing. One of them is spinning in circles, leading to temporary vertigo due to the momentary imbalance in the ears’ fluid. 

  1. Medical conditions
  • Meniere’s disease

An accumulation of fluid in the inner ear associated with changing pressure leads to Meniere’s disease. Vertigo and tinnitus are common symptoms.

  • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)

Calcium carbonate crystals in-ear structures called otoliths may displace and block the ear’s semicircular canals. It results in inaccurate information transmission to the brain and Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo(BPPV) that usually lasts for less than a minute.

  1. Postural hypotension

Standing up too quickly can also lead to vertigo. The condition is medically known as postural hypotension.

  1. Pregnancy

Some pregnant women also suffer from dizziness and vertigo during their pregnancy.

Vertigo Treatment In Seattle, WA

In most cases, vertigo goes away on its own, and there is no need for medical intervention. However, the treatment modality depends upon the underlying cause.

The most common treatment modalities are:

  • Antibiotics
  • Antihistamines or anti-emetic drugs
  • Chiropractic management
  • Surgery
  • Antibiotic therapy

Antibiotic therapy is for people suffering from ear infections.

  • Antihistamines or anti-emetic drugs 

Your doctor may recommend antihistamines and anti-emetic drugs to reduce dizziness and motion sickness symptoms.

  • Surgery

Surgery is the option only if the vertigo cause is some serious underlying condition like a tumor or brain or neck injury. 

Chiropractic Treatment For Vertigo

Chiropractic treatment for vertigo is an effective treatment option that reduces vertigo symptoms and prevents future incidents. Vertigo is more of the nerves’ issue. We can help diagnose and give you relief through a customized treatment plan.

The treatment plan generally involves a basic chiropractic adjustment that lets the nervous system work at optimal efficiency. Each adjustment improves brain and body communication by properly positioning the ears, lymph nodes, and immune system to facilitate a quick recovery. In the case of cervical vertigo, manipulations realign the cervical spine joints and vertebrae and correct the nervous system for better communication.

Epley maneuver is another technique we use that repositions the inner ear. It is a quick and helpful procedure for treating BBPV. It shifts your head to different positions and repositions the ear’s structures back to normal. We may also advise exercises and activities to help ease your vertigo even more. 

Long Term Problems Due To Untreated Vertigo

Do not ignore vertigo or its symptoms. Sometimes vertigo may be a symptom of something severe and life-threatening like a brain tumor, brain injury, or encephalopathy. A proper diagnosis and treatment at the right time can prevent unnecessary repercussions.

Does Medical Insurance Cover Treatment For Vertigo?

Most basic medical insurance schemes cover the total cost of chiropractic care for vertigo. Your chiropractor will guide and advise you about medical insurance coverage.

Ballard Seattle Chiropractic Center is a top chiropractor in Seattle. We can help treat most health conditions, including providing vertigo treatment.

Contact us to book an appointment if you suffer from vertigo.

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