Vertigo

Lafayette Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy located in Lafayette, CA

Vertigo can cause debilitating symptoms like nausea, headaches, and balance issues, but Lafayette Physical Therapy offers cutting-edge management solutions. Lafayette Physical Therapy has been a trusted health care provider in Lafayette, California, for 40 years. To learn how their diverse team of providers can address your vertigo symptoms, call Lafayette Physical Therapy or schedule an appointment online today.

Vertigo Q & A

Lafayette Physical Therapy

What is vertigo?

Vertigo is a problem associated with your inner ear that causes balance problems or dizziness. When you experience vertigo, it can last for minutes, hours, or days. Your symptoms can also come and go or remain constant.

In addition to being off-balance and dizzy, vertigo can also cause symptoms like:

  • Sweating
  • Headaches
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Abnormal eye movements


Vertigo can also cause hearing loss or ringing in the ears.

What causes vertigo?

Vertigo is typically due to problems with your inner ear. The inner ear is associated with balance as well as hearing.

Common inner ear problems that can lead to vertigo include:

  • Meniere’s disease, which is a buildup of fluid or changes in pressure in the ear
  • Labyrinthitis or vestibular neuritis, which consists of inflammation in the inner ear around the nerves associated with your sense of balance
  • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, which is where small calcium particles develop in the inner ear canals


Less typical causes of vertigo include head and neck injuries, as well as brain problems like strokes, tumors, and migraines. Certain medications can also cause vertigo.

How is vertigo treated?

Some cases of vertigo clear up on their own. At other times, it’s treated based on what’s causing it, such as medications or underlying viral infections. Sometimes vertigo requires surgical treatment.

Lafayette Physical Therapy offers innovative techniques for managing vertigo symptoms noninvasively, such as vestibular rehabilitation therapy and canalith repositioning maneuvers. 

Vestibular rehabilitation therapy

This type of treatment is designed specifically for vestibular disorders associated with the inner ear and balance. Using this approach, your provider develops a personalized exercise program based on your unique needs to help you overcome vestibular limitations.

Canalith repositioning maneuvers

This therapeutic approach to managing vertigo involves specific head movements to move canaliths — small calcium crystals in your inner ear — that may be causing your issues. By guiding you through canalith movements, your provider can help shift these crystals from your inner ear into the canal so they will no longer cause vertigo symptoms. The epley maneuver is a type of canalith repositioning that physical therapists commonly use.

If you’re suffering from vertigo or dizziness, call Lafayette Physical Therapy or schedule an appointment online today.