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What Causes Vertigo?

Vertigo is a common condition. Depending on the severity of the symptoms, it can be a slight inconvenience or debilitating. At Cahill Back and Neck Center in Inver Grove Heights, we are skilled at treating some types of vertigo with chiropractic care. 

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What Are the Symptoms of Vertigo? 

Vertigo causes dizziness. It can be either objective or subjective. With objective vertigo, you will feel like the room is moving. Subjective vertigo will make you feel as if you are spinning. 

Other less common symptoms include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Headache
  • Ringing in the ears

Symptoms usually come and go, and they can last anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours at a time. 

What Are the Causes of Vertigo?

The most common kind of vertigo is benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, also known as BPPV. This occurs when tiny calcium deposits, known as canaliths, build up in the inner ear canal. This interferes with the signals your inner ear sends to your brain to help you regulate balance, causing dizziness. What causes the canaliths to build-up is not known, but it is more common with age. 

Meniere’s disease can also cause vertigo. It is believed to be a buildup of fluid in the ear canal, creating pressure. It can cause ringing in the ears and hearing loss as well as dizziness. Ear infections can cause vertigo, as well. These cases normally subside when the infection is cleared. 

Other causes of vertigo can include injuries to the head and neck, migraine headaches, stroke, tumor, and certain medications. 

How Is Vertigo Treated?

Medications are a common treatment for vertigo. They can be a useful short term solution, but they carry side effects. Most medications are designed to relieve the symptoms, and will not treat the underlying problem. Medications can include antihistamines, benzodiazepines, corticosteroids, and beta-blockers. 

BPPV is normally treated with canalith repositioning. This is normally performed by a chiropractor or other health professional. The doctor will reposition the head using slow movements, and hold the position for about 30 seconds. These positions allow the canaliths to move to areas where they can be absorbed by the body. You will need to sleep in an elevated position the night of the procedure to allow the particles to settle properly. 

Contact Us Today

If you are experiencing vertigo, Contact Cahill Back and Neck Center in Inver Grove Heights. Oftentimes, an adjustment from a chiropractor or canalith repositioning can relieve the symptoms of vertigo. 

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