Vertigo is often diagnosed as Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo or BPPV. BPPV is caused by tiny calcium crystals, called otoconia, that become dislodged inside of the inner ear, which holds the responsibility of telling your brain where you are in space. These dislodged crystals disrupt the normal input the brain receives, causing you experience a spinning sensation. Mederi Health helps patients suffering from vertigo deal with symptom such as:
- Symptoms may start with predictable movements of the head and body, such as not being able to lay on one side or the other without getting dizzy or sick
- Hearing loss
- Vision changes
When cases of vertigo are caused by otoconia, our doctors can perform a simple procedure that restores otoconia back to their proper position. However, vertigo isn’t just caused by dislodged otoconia, but by a combination of different mechanisms, making the treatment of the condition difficult.
Many systems influence your perspective
The brain is told where the body is in space by three different systems that can contribute to or even be the cause of the vertigo:
- All the joints of your body, particularly the cervical spine, send signals to your brain informing it about your position
- Vision lets your brain know the relationship between you and the world
- In the inner ear, the vestibulocochlear system sends signals to your brain via the vestibulocochlear nerve (CN Vlll)
If there is a mismatch in information coming from either of these systems, the brain will interpret the incorrect input as spinning or vertigo. Clinically, it is important to evaluate and treat all of these systems in conjunction with one another, in addition to treating the individual symptoms of vertigo treatment.
Call us today at (303) 993-2323 to schedule a consultation with one of our team members at our Westminster, Colorado clinic.