Dizziness vs Vertigo

Dizziness is the sensation of feeling faint, unsteady, or weak. We’ve all had that feeling as if you can’t focus, can’t see straight, can’t stand upright without swaying or falling. You may even experience “tunnel vision,” where your peripheral vision goes dark for a few seconds.

Dizziness is common and can have many causes such as:

• Lack of sleep
• Overexertion
• Physical illness such as flu or sinus congestion

Symptoms that tend to accompany vertigo include: Inability to focus or remain alert:

Vertigo, however, is a little different. Vertigo is typically a response to a physiological factor that is causing a quite literal imbalance in your body. Those experiencing vertigo have reported feeling as if they are “rocking” or “spinning,” even when they are sitting still.

Vertigo can be caused by:

• Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo
• Meniere’s Disease
• Vestibular Neuritis
• Stroke

Symptoms that tend to accompany vertigo include:

• Inability to focus or remain alert
• Double vision
• Nausea or vomiting
• Arm or leg weakness
• Difficulty seeing or speaking
• Sweating
• Abnormal eye movements

Physical Therapy Can Help

Physical therapy for dizziness and vertigo is a common and effective course of treatment. For inquiries regarding vertigo testing, don’t hesitate to contact us at Phoenix Physical Therapy & Wellness in Garner NC.. If you’ve been feeling dizzy, or you think you may have some of the symptoms of vertigo, contact our office today to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced physical therapists.

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