What Is Vertigo?

Vertigo is the sensation of spinning—even when you’re perfectly still, you might feel like you’re moving or that the room is moving around you. Most causes of vertigo involve the inner ear (“vestibular system”). A number of conditions can produce vertigo, such as:

  • Inner ear infections or disorders
  • Migraines
  • Tumors, such as acoustic neuroma
  • Surgery that removes or injures the inner ear or its nerves
  • Head injury that results in injury to the inner ears
  • A hole in the inner ear
  • Stroke

You also might have:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Abnormal eye movements

One of the most common forms of vertigo is benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, an inner-ear problem that causes short periods of a spinning sensation when your head is moved in certain positions.

How Is It Diagnosed?

Your physical therapist will use your answers to the following questions to help identify the cause of your vertigo and to determine the best course of treatment:

  • When did you first have vertigo (the sensation of spinning)?
  • What are you doing when you have vertigo (turning your head, bending over, standing perfectly still, rolling in bed)?
  • How long does the vertigo last(seconds, minutes, hours, days)?
  • Have you had vertigo before?
  • Do you have hearing loss, ringing, or fullness in your ears?
  • Do you have nausea with the spinning?
  • Have you had any changes in your heart rate or breathing?

Your physical therapist will perform tests to determine the causes of your vertigo and also to assess your risk of falling. Depending on the results of the tests, your therapist may recommend further testing or consultation with your physician.

How Can a Physical Therapist Help?

Based on your physical therapist’s evaluation and your goals for recovery, the therapist will customize a treatment plan for you. The specific treatments will depend on the cause of your vertigo. Your therapist’s main focus is to help you get moving again and manage the vertigo at the same time. Treatment may include specialized head and neck movements or other exercises to help eliminate your symptoms. Conditions such as benign paroxysmal positional vertigo have very specific tests and treatments.

If you have dizziness and balance problems after your vertigo has stopped, your physical therapist can develop a treatment plan that targets those problems. Your physical therapist will teach you strategies to help you cope with your symptoms:

  • Do certain activities or chores around the house cause you to become dizzy? Your therapist will show you how to do those activities in a different way to help reduce the dizziness.
  • Have simple activities become difficult and cause fatigue and more dizziness? Your therapist will help you work through these symptoms right away so you can get moving again and return to your roles at home and at work more quickly.

Physical therapy treatments for dizziness can take many forms. The type of exercise that your therapist designs for you will depend on your unique problems and might include:

  • Exercises to improve your balance
  • Exercises to help the brain “correct” differences between your inner ears
  • Exercises to improve your ability to focus your eyes and vision

In addition, your physical therapist might prescribe exercises to improve your strength, your flexibility, and your heart health—with the goal of improving your overall physical health and well being.

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Jenny is such a caring and compassionate PT! She absolutely loves helping people and it shows through the care of her patients!! She is very knowledgeable and all around a great person and I would recommend her a million times over!
Rosanna Aguirre
Rosanna Aguirre
03:09 27 Nov 18
Jenny is incredible! I first saw her for some concerns running and her skill base and knowledge level blew me away. It is an honor to recommend her!
Meg Boethin
Meg Boethin
15:32 29 Nov 18
Jenny is all about customizing care to your needs! She has great experience and is a knowledgeable, compassionate, and talented physical therapist. I highly recommend Resolve Physical Therapy!
Annique Dayley
Annique Dayley
03:24 27 Nov 18
I was a formal college athlete, was spoiled with great therapists, and was extremely nervous after leaving the cacoon of campus. In the real world you get scared that doctors won’t care about you the same way. That’s not the case with Jenny she takes everything serious and you are not just a patient. She a great pt and awesome person. Congrats on your new adventure.
isuwrnum1
isuwrnum1
14:54 29 Nov 18
Jenny is very knowledgeable and compassionate about helping people get better.
Steve Romriell
Steve Romriell
15:45 29 Nov 18
Jenny is very knowledgeable and gave me the tools to overcome an injury I have been dealing with for 4 years. I am amazed how quickly I progressed under her guidance. She is thorough and makes sure you are doing the exercises correctly and get the most benefit from your effort. I am so thankful I was referred to her. - thank you!
Carolyn Albertazzi
Carolyn Albertazzi
03:38 19 Jun 19
Without a doubt, Jenny is the best Physical Therapist I have ever encountered! She knows her physiology, she knows how to give a message and she listens to her patients. She takes whatever time is necessary to get the job done instead of sticking to a rigid schedule and does a good job of providing exercises to do at home. I heartily recommend her!!
Bev Murphy
Bev Murphy
21:17 18 Jun 19
Jenny is a star in the field of Physical Therapy! She is great to work with and knows what the client needs to heal. I would recommend Jenny to anyone who is in need of PT and wants a great therapist, as well as a nice facility to work out of.
Alan
Alan
03:54 20 Jun 19
Jenny is very knowledgeable and skilled. Her compassion for her work and her clients is unmatched. She has a solo practice so she focuses clearly on each person and explains what she is doing and her expectations for recovery. I highly recommend her for all kinds of injuries.
Andrea Casey
Andrea Casey
08:14 23 Jan 19
Jenny gave great attention and care to my rehabilitation process. She is very knowledgeable and applied many techniques to rehab my injury. She gives great instruction and makes sure you are doing the exercises correctly and clearly communicated the plan for my progress. Also she is very personable and friendly.
Melany Fry
Melany Fry
02:19 19 Dec 18
I am just starting with Jenny; however, I have had the opportunity tp watch her and she is very caring and knows her business! It is a joy to go to her.It is nice to go to someone who is so knowledgable about the business. You will be very happy you scheduled an appointment with her and her staff.
Ann Frazier
Ann Frazier
23:36 21 Oct 19
Jenny and staff were a huge part of a quick recovery from shoulder surgery, I highly recommend Resolve!
Karl Wagner
Karl Wagner
18:38 05 Nov 19
Best PT I've ever had! Jenny is very thorough, listens, and provided the right exercises for me to get through the pain. Highly recommend Resolve!
Kim Stenson
Kim Stenson
21:46 02 Dec 19
Jenny does a great job of explaining her assessment, the anatomy of what's going on and the treatment. She's so personable and it's always a pleasure to work with her. Her 10 years of experience gives her a rich knowledge base for helping her clients. I highly recommend her as a PT.
Karen Brozovich
Karen Brozovich
02:58 08 Dec 19
Resolve PT is without question top drawer. Jenny and her crew are extremely knowledgeable, caring, professional and wonderful to be around. And you will get results. If you need PT, Resolve is the place.
Lou Pepper
Lou Pepper
02:06 14 Dec 19
It’s in the name! Jen, Jenny, and Mandy at Resolve Physical Therapy make a great team in providing a solution to your needs. From services at the front desk to the exercise mat this team is knowledgeable and kind. They hold genuine conversations, they are thorough in their assessments, and they are always willing to share a smile because they are passionate about what they do and they care about their clients.There is also a gal named Ruth that offers personal training who operates out of the same facility if you are interested. She fits in very well with the Resolve team. Bottom line is - Go with Resolve you won’t regret it. Ps: if you’re kind to them you may just get offered a yummy treat while you kickback, relax and they apply different massage techniques and electrode stimulation on the area of need. Resolve rocks! #Jen&Jenny
Kevin Link
Kevin Link
01:12 19 Dec 19
I worked With Jenny for a year, and am now able to be pain free. I had shoulder, hip, and back trouble. Jenny worked with me and taught me the stretches and exercises to keep me able to manage my issues at home. The transition from pain and mobility issues to an active life and more mobility was truly wonderful. I have worked with other Physical Therapists, but the patience, experience, and knowledge that Jenny has really made the difference for me.
Keith Griffin
Keith Griffin
18:51 28 Jan 20
My surgeon referred me to Resolve Physical Therapy, after a total knee replacement. I worked with the Therapists there for 4 months and saw steady progress to the point of being fully functional again. Both, Jen and Jenny, are experts in their field and have personally attended knee and hip surgeries to observe and understand the procedure and how it impacts the patient. During my rehab they were in constant contact with my surgeon over my progress. I felt that they listened to me and adjusted every session according to my feedback.Besides all that, they are a pleasure to be around. I will miss working with them.
COFFEYA2011 .
COFFEYA2011 .
22:02 03 Feb 20
Jenny is wonderful. She was able to solve my problem with only a couple of visits. I was very pleased to get a quick appointment to be seen in her comfortable and convenient office. I've already recommended Resolve Physical Therapy and will do so at every opportunity.
Julia Meglasson
Julia Meglasson
00:39 13 Feb 20
I had an awesome experience with Jenny and Jen and staff! Such caring women, so personal and easy to talk to. They are very good at what they do and I would recommend highly! It was hard to say goodbye!
Deb McPherson
Deb McPherson
03:13 13 Feb 20
Resolve is wonderful! I believe the best measure of the quality of a physical therapist is the level of success achieved. Jenny's expertise led to a surprising degree of resolution of my rotator cuff problem. I also applaud both her and Mandy for their kindness and compassion. They explained my home exercises very clearly and listened patiently to any concerns I expressed. The facility is bright, cheerful, and immaculately clean. I highly recommend Resolve PT.
M Whatley
M Whatley
19:29 17 Feb 20
I am finally able to get active again pain free! The staff at Resolve helped me to feel seen, heard and supported. The clinic has become a safe spot for me to come as I am, which is huge if you are facing pain/injury. I always leave my appointments feeling brighter and uplifted. I also prefer the quiet clinic environment. Cannot say enough good stuff about Resolve PT, Jenny and Jen!
Angeli
Angeli
04:18 21 May 20
Amazing in so many ways! Great atmosphere, kind, friendly, and knowledgeable PT's! My wife and I have had issues with our shoulders for years and with Jen's help we are becoming pain-free and able to do things we have been limited from doing due to pain. We cannot speak highly enough about Jen and the Resolve staff! What I have enjoyed most is that from the time your appointment starts until the end, you will always be with your PT. I have been to PT many times in the past, and this is the first location I have been with them start to finish and not handed off to a PT assistant. If you are struggling with any type of physical ailment preventing you from doing the things you love, I have complete faith and confidence Resolve will enhance your quality of life and help you live pain-free again! Highly recommend!
Nathan Cook
Nathan Cook
13:45 17 Jul 20
I have been to physical therapy many times throughout the past 17 years and needed to find someone here in Bend to help with a chronic back injury. I definitely found the right place. Mandy works the front and is always there to help with scheduling and any issues you may have. Jen is a knowledgeable Physical Therapist with years of experience and just an amazing human. I loved that in this practice you work one on one with the therapist and not handed off to different assistants. Thank you all so much!
Shelly Hanson
Shelly Hanson
04:12 10 Aug 20
At Resolve Physical Therapy you will not be a number. The concern is personal and the care is professional. Jenny was genuinely concerned about my progress and had the skills and knowledge to provide me with detailed instruction. If I am ever in need of physical therapy in the future I will certainly be high-tailing it over to Resolve Physical Therapy.
lgelina02
lgelina02
00:30 13 Aug 20
Resolve PT was the best physical therapy experience I’ve had in my life. After a really bad motorcycle accident, I spent a lot of time going to different physical therapists, always getting a negative prognosis, and felt pretty hopeless about the future of my limb. When I moved to Resolve, there was no sign of that negativity. Instead we slowly moved through from stretches to exercise, consistently feeling improvements. Now I’ve been painless and happy for more than a year. Thanks guys!
Joe Pandolfi
Joe Pandolfi
18:46 21 Aug 20
Have been seeing Jen following a bad snowboard injury for quite some time now, The pain is practically nonexistent and I am well on way to a full recovery. She quickly got me back into the gym as I am an avid lifter and mace swinger. I am also fairly close to achieving my personal trainer certification which was some added pressure to recover quickly and fully. She has been the key to both. Not to mention the great conversation that ensues with every visit! She even helps me apply my KT tape as my cat refuses to help out.
Terin Brown
Terin Brown
17:01 04 Sep 20
Resolve Physical Therapy offers truly one-on-one physical therapy. You meet with the same Physical Therapist every visit and build a relationship - not PT aids or assistants.I have been seeing Jen at Resolve for four months now and she has helped me identify where my knee pain originates from and what steps I need to take to get back to running, biking and skiing without knee pain. She gives you 100% of her attention during your visits and reasonable at home exercises to achieve your goals. The clinic is incredibly clean, dog friendly, and has everything you need for a full recovery.10/10 would recommend Resolve Physical Therapy.
Olivia Darrow
Olivia Darrow
19:49 09 Oct 20
Resolve Physical Therapy hands down is the best therapy in town! From the beginning of stepping into the office you are greeted with friendly faces! Jen has been my PT for 5 months now and she has not only rehabbed my shattered ankle back, but she has also given me the confidence I needed to walk again. Jen and Jenny are so personable and take the time to listen to your concerns and continually push you to your fullest ability’s! I would highly recommend Resolve Physical Therapy!
Jennifer
Jennifer
20:54 09 Oct 20
Resolve has been a great place to work on getting better. I have a myriad of bone and joint issues that I have worked on at Resolve. The PT’s are top notch and the administration staff is knowledgeable and personable! I love the individual attention from the PTs and their willingness to always go the extra mile!
Adrienne
Adrienne
20:08 10 Oct 20
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