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Balance And Vertigo Specialist

Collins Physical Therapy Institute

Physical Therapy and Musculoskeletal Injury located in The Commons & North Naples, Naples, FL

If you experience motion when there is none, or you frequently lose your balance, turn to the trusted team at Collins Physical Therapy Institute. Gregory Collins, PT, and his team offer balance and vertigo therapy at both of the clinic’s locations in Naples, Florida. Call to learn more or use the online scheduling feature to book now.

Balance and Vertigo Q & A

What causes dizziness?

Dizziness has many causes and can affect many of your body’s systems, such as your ears, heart, eyes, and brain. Some of the well-known reasons you may be dizzy include:

  • Meniere’s disease
  • Vestibular neuritis
  • Migraines
  • Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
  • Persistent Postural-Perceptual Dizziness (3PD)

 

Your compassionate physical therapist conducts a thorough physical evaluation and talks with you about your health history to determine what’s causing your dizziness. They treat you as a whole person and don’t just doctor your symptoms, but work diligently to discover and solve the underlying problem.

Usually, your therapist can diagnose a condition like BPPV through an evaluation of your symptoms and by asking you questions. You may need a quick observational test called the Dix-Hallpike Maneuver. 

 

What is benign paroxysmal positional vertigo?

One of the most common causes of dizziness and vertigo, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is a problem with your inner ear. The four words that make up its name help describe the condition:

  • Benign: isn’t cancerous or deadly
  • Paroxysmal: sudden, short, frequent episodes that vary in intensity
  • Positional: provoked by specific head movements
  • Vertigo: a temporary false sense of movement, such as spinning

 

What causes BPPV?

You may get BPPV when tiny pieces of calcium that reside in your ear canals get dislodged and move around and position themselves in your semicircular canal. The disruption in ear fluid makes you feel dizzy and causes balance problems. 

 

What are the symptoms of BPPV?

  • The condition has a few telltale signs, such as:
  • A spinning sensation
  • Dizziness
  • A feeling that you are tilting
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Falling down

 

In some cases, depending on the severity, you may not be able to walk during an episode of BPPV. 

 

What is the treatment for balance problems and vertigo?

The team at Collins Physical Therapy Institute specializes in treatment options for dizziness, vertigo, and balance disorders. With the right exercises and vestibular rehabilitation, it’s possible to resolve your BPPV, or at the very least, minimize the troubling symptoms associated with it.

You don’t have to suffer from dizziness or balance problems. The knowledgeable team at Collins Physical Therapy Institute helps you recover your sense of self and ease the spinning, falling, and nausea that accompanies BPPV. Call to schedule an appointment, or book one online.