Vertigo

Vertigo
Vertigo symptoms can be debilitating, causing you to feel as though the entire world is spinning. The compassionate practitioners at Patel, Pulliam, and Hubli Medical in Tracy, California, provide personalized care that helps diagnose the cause of your vertigo and ease your symptoms, so you feel like yourself again. Call to schedule your appointment or book online today.

Vertigo Q & A

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What is vertigo?

Your inner ear is responsible for hearing and balance. Vertigo is usually the result of an inner ear problem that makes you feel off-balance or dizzy. Vertigo can last for a few minutes, a few hours, or a few days. It can also come and go.

In addition to feeling off-balance, you might experience:

  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Headache
  • Sweating
  • Hearing loss or ringing in the ears
  • Abnormal eye movements

What causes vertigo?

Inner ear problems are usually the cause of vertigo. These include:

  • Meniere’s disease: changing pressure and a buildup of fluid in the ear causes vertigo, tinnitus -- ringing in the ears -- and hearing loss
  • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV): tiny calcium particles build up in the inner ear canals
  • Labyrinthitis or vestibular neuritis: often related to a viral infection; inflammation occurs in the inner ear around the nerves that help the body sense balance

Less common causes of vertigo include:

  • Brain problems like stroke or tumor
  • Medications that cause ear damage
  • Migraines
  • Head or neck injury

How is vertigo treated?

The most effective treatment for vertigo depends on its cause; some vertigo clears up on its own. Following a full physical exam to determine the cause of your vertigo, your dedicated physician works closely with you to outline your treatment options. These may include:

Medicine

Your physician may prescribe medication to relieve your symptoms, reduce fluid buildup, or clear up inflammation that may be causing vertigo.

Vestibular rehabilitation

This is a specialized physical therapy designed to strengthen your vestibular system, which is associated with equilibrium, spatial orientation, and motion.

Canalith repositioning maneuvers

With this effective treatment for BPPV, your doctor guides you through specific movements of the head and body to move calcium deposits from the inner ear.

Surgery

In rare cases where vertigo has not responded to other treatments, your doctor may recommend surgery.

If you’re experiencing symptoms of vertigo, call Patel, Pulliam, and Hubli Medical to schedule an appointment or book online today.

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