Dizziness vs. Vertigo

August 29, 2017 | , ,

Person laying on a table with their head between someones hands

Did you know that dizziness and vertigo are different? Many people would associate them together, but dizziness is only termed as a sensation of lightheadedness, faintness, or unsteadiness. Dizziness does not involve a rotational, movement component, whereas vertigo may feel like the room is spinning. However, dizziness and vertigo can both be a result of a Vestibular Disorder.

The Vestibular system includes the parts of the inner ear and brain that help control eye movements and balance. The body maintains balance using these three components: vision, proprioception (touch sensors in the feet, hands, and spine), and the Vestibular System (the inner ear). Although there are many different causes of dizziness, it is important not to ignore what your body is telling you as this could lead to difficulty doing minor tasks, such as walking or driving. You may also suffer other related symptoms such as stomach upset, headaches, blurred vision, ringing in the ears, or hearing loss with a Vestibular Disorder.

A recent study showed over 30% of adults over the age of 40 and 80% of people over 65 having a Vestibular Disorder. There are five basic treatment options for Vestibular Disorders such as repositioning maneuvers, vestibular rehabilitation exercises, surgery, medication, and psychotherapeutic measures.

If you are experiencing frequent dizziness, vertigo, or feel at risk of falling, these symptoms will not normally go away by themselves and will affect your quality of life. Call Michigan ENT today at (616) 994-2770 and find out if Vestibular Testing and treatment is right for you.


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