Vertigo can be a difficult condition to understand and treat, so an experienced neurologist like Dr. Richard P. Newman at First Choice Medical Group in Melbourne, FL, is extremely helpful.

Vertigo Q & A

What Does Vertigo Mean?

A person who suffers from vertigo has the illusion of motion when nothing is actually moving. Vertigo sufferers may also feel as if they are losing their balance due to this sensation of motion. Sometimes changing positions can induce a sense of vertigo. This is known as positional vertigo.

Why Does Vertigo Happen?

There are a number of different reasons that vertigo may happen. The most common reasons include colds, trauma to the head, and Meniere's disease. All of these things are connected by impacting the inner ear. Because the inner ear maintains a sense of balance, its dysfunction can mean serious issues like vertigo. Stress cannot cause vertigo on its own, but it can make the effects of vertigo feel much more severe.

Who Commonly Gets Vertigo?

It is rare for children to suffer from vertigo. Patients suffering from vertigo are commonly in their early 20s or older. While vertigo is suffered among all age groups, the effects of vertigo are generally most severe in the elderly. This is due to the fact that vertigo sensations can easily lead to loss of balance. In an elderly person who is more susceptible to fractures, regular falls due to vertigo can have serious medical consequences.

Can Vertigo Be Treated?

Yes, there are several ways that an experienced neurologist can help people with chronic vertigo. The exact treatment used will depend upon the specific patient and the severity of symptoms. A combination of physical therapy modalities and rest can be effective for some patients. In others, surgery is the best solution. Patients with Meniere's disease are often good surgery candidates because Meniere's disease changes the function of the ear. Surgical correction often eliminates vertigo completely in this type of patient. It is very important that patients seek out a neurologist with specific vertigo experience to make sure that they get the most effective treatment.


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