Dizziness & Vertigo
- Anxiety disorders
- Chest pain or tightness
- A decrease in blood volume
- Feeling off balance
- Headache or head pressure
- Heart muscle disease
- Lightheadedness or actual fainting
- Nausea or vomiting
- Sudden drop in blood pressure
- Weakness or tiredness
- Abnormal eye movements
- Double vision
- Ear ringing
- Hearing loss
- Lack of coordination
- Loss of balance or unsteadiness
- Nausea or vomiting
- Sense that surroundings are moving
Vertigo and dizziness are symptoms rather than a disease. It is important to know the difference between the two to get proper care, however, the real culprit for both symptoms is that vertigo and dizziness may make you lose your balance. As we see all too often, the loss of balance can create real injuries.
When you’re dizzy, you may feel lightheaded, woozy, or disoriented. Dizziness can have many different causes. A sudden drop in blood pressure or being dehydrated can make you dizzy. Many people feel lightheaded if they get up too quickly from sitting or lying down. Certain medicines and problems with your inner ear may cause dizziness. So can motion sickness. Sometimes dizziness can be a symptom of other disorders. As people get older, they may have more health problems and take more medicines. This makes them more likely to have problems with dizziness and balance.
Dizziness usually gets better by itself or is easily treated. If you are dizzy often, you should see your health care provider to find the cause
Vertigo is a sensation of spinning dizziness. It is not, as many people maintain, a fear of heights. It is often associated with looking down from a great height but can refer to any temporary or ongoing spells of dizziness caused by problems in the inner ear or brain. Attacks of vertigo can develop suddenly and last for a few seconds, or they may last much longer. If you have severe vertigo, your symptoms may be constant and last for several days, making normal life very difficult.
On Martha’s Vineyard, recovery from vertigo is only offered in select practices, Vineyard Complementary Medicine is one of them. Our advanced methods and diagnostic tools have earned us a reputation as being one of the most successful physical therapy practices for treating dizziness and vertigo. If you are experiencing either of these conditions, contact us at our Edgartown, MA office to schedule an appointment today. We will help you get back on your feet as quickly as possible.