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Vertigo

People who have vertigo experience a sense of spinning or dizziness. It can be a symptom of several different conditions. It can occur due to issues in the brain, inner ear, or sensory nerve pathway.

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If you are experiencing vertigo, you may benefit from seeing a neurologist chiropractor. At North Idaho Chiropractic Neurology Center in Sandpoint, ID, we specialize in treatments for vertigo.

Causes and Symptoms

Several medical conditions can result in vertigo, which typically consists of an imbalance within the inner ear or an issue with the central nervous system.

Medical conditions that can lead to vertigo include:

  • labyrinthitis
  • Meniere’s disease
  • vestibular neuritis
  • cholesteatoma
  • benign paroxysmal positional vertigo

Vertigo may also occur with the following:

  • a head injury
  • migraines
  • ear surgery
  • syphilis
  • shingles in or around the ear
  • multiple sclerosis
  • a stroke
  • acoustic neuroma
  • ataxia
  • otosclerosis

People who experience vertigo may feel as if their head or the surrounding area is spinning or moving. Vertigo is a symptom of another medical condition, and so it can occur alongside other symptoms such as:

  • lightheadedness
  • balance problems
  • nausea and vomiting
  • headaches
  • a full feeling in the ear
  • tinnitus
  • motion sickness

Diagnosis

The trick to diagnosing vertigo is to find the underlying cause. You will more than likely undergo a physical exam. Your doctor may also perform a couple of tests, including:

  • Romberg test: This involves asking the patient to stand up with their arms hanging by their sides and both feet together. They will then be asked to close their eyes. It may signal a central nervous system issue if the patient becomes unsteady after closing their eyes.
  • Fukuda-Unterberger test: The patient will be asked to march on the spot for 30 seconds while their eyes are closed. If the patient begins to rotate to one side, this may be an indication of a lesion in the inner part of the ear, which could be the cause of their vertigo.

An MRI or CT scan may also be given depending on the results of the above tests.

Chiropractic Treatment

Chiropractic care for vertigo includes performing chiropractic adjustments. These adjustments allow your nervous system to function properly since the nervous system is in charge of sending information to your brain. By adjusting the spine, communication becomes enhanced between the body and the brain. A person with vertigo may benefit from chiropractic care if their vertigo is the result of an ear infection. Chiropractic treatment allows the patient to heal faster.

Schedule an Appointment Today

To schedule an appointment and begin treatment for your vertigo, give North Idaho Chiropractic Neurology Center in Sandpoint, ID, a call today at 208-946-5888.

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