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Vertigo and Balance Disorders

The hectic lifestyle of today has contributed to many medical disorders and age is no factor in such cases. One such common problem that the working population is increasingly experiencing is vertigo. It is common in young and old. With the increase in cases, many hospitals have special vertigo clinics to tackle the problem. Avoiding treatment can only worsen the condition and make life miserable.

 

Vertigo is a sudden internal or external spinning sensation, often triggered by moving your head too quickly. Vertigo can happen at any age and can be temporary or long term. Vertigo is commonly caused by any pathology in the inner ear, although it can also be caused by problem in certain part of the brain. The good news is that it is curable.

Balance Disorder

It is disturbance that causes an individual to feel unsteady e.g. while standing or walking. This can be caused due to ear infections, head injury, some medications or anything that affects inner ear or brain. Chances of imbalance increase with age. How to know if it is an indication to go to the specialist is the first question that comes to mind. Vertigo is easy to detect with the following symptoms.

  • Spinning
  • Swaying
  • Feeling of pulled to one direction
  • Tilting
  • Unbalanced
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Tinnitus
  • Feeling of fullness in ear
  • Headache
  • Abnormal Jerking eye movement
  • Balance problem and light-headedness

Then you may be suffering from Vertigo or balance disorder. Consult a specialist when you feel any of the above-mentioned symptoms. Early detection will ensure better and faster results.

Investigations

Following are the investigations which can determine the cause of vertigo and balance disorder. Get these investigations done to know the extent of the problem.

  • Dynamic Visual Acuity
  • Craniocorpography
  • Subjective visual vertical
  • Advanced Video Nystagmography
  • Caloric test

Treatment

Treatment depends on the results of investigations. Following are the treatment modalities:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Head Maneuver’s
  • Reduce stress
  • A healthy diet & stay hydrated
  • Be active but get enough rest too
  • Medications

Vertigo can be treated after knowing the root cause. One should not avoid the symptoms and consult ENT specialist as early as possible.