Understand more about vertigo and why it happens.
If you are dealing with vertigo, your first trip is probably to your primary care provider. They will evaluate your symptoms and determine if you should turn to our specialists, such as our Winchester, VA, neurologists for care. Here’s what you should know about vertigo and when to turn to our specialists.
What Is Vertigo?
If you’ve ever felt like you were moving when you weren’t, then you’ve probably experienced vertigo. Vertigo causes dizziness and can make you feel as if the environment around you is spinning.
What Causes Vertigo?
Vertigo isn’t a condition but rather a symptom of a condition that impacts the vestibular system of the ear or cerebellum. So, determining what’s causing your vertigo will be the first thing our Winchester, VA, neurologists will do before deciding how to treat it. Vertigo may be peripheral, a condition that impacts the inner ear or vestibular system, or central, caused by a neurological issue such as multiple sclerosis or vestibular migraines.
When Should I Turn to a Neurologist?
Wondering when to schedule an appointment with our Winchester, VA, team? You should give us a call if you are experiencing,
- Vertigo that lasts more than a day
- Vertigo that’s so severe that you can’t move
- Persistent vomiting accompanied by your vertigo
How Is Vertigo Treated?
We will first need to determine what’s causing your vertigo, which can be done by performing a head thrust, Romberg or Dix-Hallpike test, or running imaging tests. Once we determine the cause, our team will craft a personalized treatment plan that may include,
- Medications such as antihistamines, benzodiazepines and muscle relaxants
- Vestibular rehabilitation and balance retraining
- Canalith repositioning (also called the Epley maneuver)
- Surgery (only in severe cases)
In some cases, vertigo may go away on its own without medical care; however, if you have been diagnosed with a medical condition that is causing your vertigo, it’s important that you seek care from a qualified medical professional.
If you are battling vertigo and looking for answers, it’s time to turn to our Winchester, VA, neurologists. We can perform the appropriate tests to determine why you are battling vertigo and then map out a treatment plan to help you feel better. To schedule an evaluation, call Winchester Neurological Consultants at (540) 667-1828.