Vertigo and Physiotherapy

Vertigo is the medical word used to describe the spinning sensation reported by patients – the room could be spinning or you could be spinning. It may be mild or very severe. It may last a few minutes to a few hours/days.

Vertigo is therefore a symptom. A wide range of conditions can cause vertigo. Physiotherapy can help with some of the conditions that cause vertigo – such as Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), Cervical mediated vertigo, Vestibular Rehabilitation after an acute infection of the inner ear, Vestibular Rehabilitation after head/ear trauma.

The first step is a thorough history and assessment by either your GP or Vestibular Physiotherapist to determine the cause your vertigo symptoms. Further investigations may be required or a course of physiotherapy may be indicated.

Key Service Features

  • Assess to identify cause of vertigo, onward referral if indicated

  • Proven effective for Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)

  • Chronic labyrinthitis helped with vestibular rehabilitation

  • Vestibular rehabilitation may be indicated after acute vestibular neuritis or head injury

  • Migraine related vertigo can be helped with neck mobilisations and soft tissue work

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