Vertigo is a sensation of movement or spinning that occurs as a result of problems within the brain or inner ear. People with vertigo feel like the environment around them is moving when no movement is actually occurring. Vertigo is one of the most common health problems in the US, and affects up to 40 percent of adults, who have reported feeling dizzy at least once during their lifetime.
Most patients with vertigo experience a sudden onset of symptoms intermittently that last for a few seconds to a few hours, and may include lightheadedness, imbalance and nausea, as well as temporary hearing loss and ringing in the ears.
Vertigo may be caused by a number of different conditions, including inflammation of the inner ear (labyrinthitis), Meniere’s disease, Acoustic Neuroma and benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). It may also occur after head or neck trauma or severe migraines. A thorough evaluation is required in order to diagnose the cause of vertigo and rule out more serious conditions.
Treatment for vertigo depends on the underlying cause of the symptoms, but may include medication, physical therapy, dietary changes or surgery.
Vestibular rehabilitation therapy is often effective in minimizing dizziness and improving balance by restoring function to the vestibular system. It is important for patients with vertigo to take special caution to prevent injury from falls.
Dr. Zadeh is committed to providing the highest quality and most efficient care possible so that his patients achieve fast and effective treatment. Therefore, at his office, he has access to the most advanced vestibular diagnostic technology available to expedite diagnosis. Dr. Zadeh’s expert audiologists perform balance testing (Videonystagmography) in the office, and the results are available immediately following the test.