Dizziness and Vertigo: How Physical Therapy Can Help
Updated: Dec 13, 2021
Contributed by Dr. Tara Pandiscia, PT, DPT, PYT-C
Let’s talk about dizziness and vertigo! If you’ve ever experienced vertigo or dizziness, you know that it can be debilitating and profoundly impact your quality of life. There are many possible causes of dizziness and a physical therapy can often determine the cause with a thorough evaluation.
One of the most common causes of vertigo is Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV). BPPV causes brief episodes of sudden, intense dizziness or sensation of spinning and is usually triggered by specific head movements. Position changes such as rolling over, tipping head up/down, or moving between lying down and sitting up commonly set off the vertigo symptoms. The good news is that BPPV is easily treated with special maneuvers, such as Epley Maneuver, by your Physical Therapist in as little as 1-2 visits!
Other causes of dizziness such as vestibular hypofunction, stroke, multiple sclerosis, meniere’s disease, or orthostatic hypotension can be improved by physical therapy to help your body adjust to the changes and retrain your balance systems to decrease the sensation of dizziness.
If you have new or chronic dizziness, a PT evaluation can help get you feeling back in balance. Call us at 757-578-2958 to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Tara Pandiscia, a physical therapist at Restorative Therapy Co. in Virginia Beach!