When getting up, bending down or during long car rides: dizziness, also known as vertigo in medical jargon, has a strong effect on the lives of those who are affected. Patients with vertigo often suffer from headaches, nausea and vomiting, a disturbed perception of noise, visual impairment, migraine and walking insecurity.
Different symptoms are not unusual. About ten percent of all patients have problems with dizziness. Among those over 65, 30 percent are affected. Our physiotherapists, who are specialised in vertigo, offer you a precise clarification and an individual therapy.
Different types of dizziness
Dizziness may feel as if the body is spinning or as if the ground is swaying. Depending on the cause of the problem, there are different types of dizziness. The problem is particularly often caused by diseases of the equilibrium organ, the central nervous system or the cervical spine. For a successful treatment it is therefore essential to have a precise diagnosis.
The therapy starts with a detailed conversation followed by a physical examination. Questionnaires and special tests help to evaluate the success of the therapy as objectively as possible. The initial examination is the most important part of the therapy because it enables your physiotherapist to identify possible symptoms and causes of the problem.
The treatment depends on the examination result. For example, if the problem is dizziness due to cervical spine problems, manual techniques, stabilization exercises and posture training can help. Special staging maneuvers are used for dizziness triggered by specific position changes of the head. Dizziness due to balance problems is often treated with balance training.
Your patience is essential
Since dizziness is a very complex problem, it often takes several treatments and a lot of time to find the exact cause. With specific strategies for everyday life, however, the symptoms can be significantly alleviated from the very beginning.
The chances of recovery are high. Dizziness, which is particularly dependent on movement and posture, can be treated well with physiotherapy. Studies have shown that physiotherapy improves the patient’s quality of life. The prognosis depends on the active support of the patient, during and after the therapy.