Treatments for Vertigo and Dizziness
Vertigo and dizziness are unpleasant and dangerous. Vertigo can range from mild to severe and treatment may be necessary. Mild vertigo can subside, but many of our patients struggle with ongoing symptoms and will need treatment.
If you are experiencing vertigo or dizziness, set an appointment with Dr. Aminpour at his Los Angeles clinic. He is an accomplished ear, nose, and throat doctor and allergist that can provide accurate diagnosis and individualized treatment plans.
Vertigo Onset and Diagnosis
In your examination, we will check your medical history and ask a few questions, so we fully understand the scope of your symptoms. We may give you an eye movement or head motion test. Recurring episodes of vertigo may indicate a serious problem. There are several reasons why you might be experiencing vertigo including:
- BPPV: Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo causes sensitivity to head movement. It is one of the most common causes of vertigo and is an inner ear problem. The ear has three semicircular canals located within the inner structure. These canals help sense motion and direction. BPPV occurs when a small crystal-like substance disrupts function in these structures.
- Vestibular Disorders: The vestibular system in the inner ear senses important spatial relationships around you. Dysfunction may result in dizziness and trouble with balance.
- Meniere’s Disease: is characterized by a buildup of inner ear fluid and problems equalizing in the ear. Ongoing bouts of vertigo is a common sign and symptom of this inner ear disease. Hearing loss and tinnitus (ringing in the ears) are also common symptoms.
In rare cases, there may be a more serious underlying health condition. Stroke, tumors, and abnormal growths can contribute to the sensation of vertigo. A serious head or neck injury can also lead to vertigo. An appointment should be scheduled immediately if you have had a stroke or other condition and are experiencing ongoing dizziness or vertigo. In these cases, an MRI or CAT scan testing can help us identify the source of your symptoms.
Epley Maneuver Treatment
The Epley Maneuver is a combination of slight head movements used to help improve symptoms of BPPV. During treatment, you will be guided through a series of small head movements. Vertigo and dizziness can be reduced as the brain adjusts and compensates for problems in the vestibular (part of the inner ear) system.
The Epley Maneuver should only be performed by a qualified heath professional. Improper treatment can be counterproductive and could cause vertigo to worsen. As an ear, nose, and throat specialist, Dr. Aminpour is a skilled medical professional, fully familiar with all symptoms, treatments, and problems associated with dizziness and vertigo.
Treatment for Meniere’s Disease
Meniere’s is a serious inner ear disease. It may require ongoing treatment and therapy. In rare cases, surgery can help control vertigo attacks for patients with Meniere’s disease. Surgery is typically only recommended when other more conservative treatments have not resolved the condition.
Meniett Device Therapy provides temporary relief for serious cases of vertigo, tinnitus, and pressure in the ear. The Meniett device pulses pressure into the middle ear through a small tube and can be an effective therapy for patients who are suffering the uncomfortable symptoms of Meniere’s Disease.
Medication for nausea and motion sickness may help relieve the discomfort associated with vertigo such as:
- Spinning sensation
- Balance problems
Specific medications can be effective in treating cases of vertigo or a dizzy sensation. Anxiety and stress can make the sensations of vertigo more intense. Some patients suffering these symptoms have an ear infection that must be treated at once to reduce the fluid buildup in the inner ear.
Treatment for Dizziness and Vertigo in Los Angeles
An ENT (ear, nose, and throat specialist) should always be consulted when experiencing ongoing dizziness or vertigo, rather than trusting to home remedies or over-the-counter medications, as the symptoms could indicate a serious medical condition. A full examination will reveal the underlying cause of the symptoms, and a treatment plan can then be established.
As a leading ENT doctor in the Greater Los Angeles area, Dr. Aminpour is exceptionally qualified to diagnose and treat ear, nose and throat conditions, including cases of dizziness or vertigo. If you would like to learn more about treatment for vertigo or need a professional opinion, we urge you to connect with us at our ear, nose, and throat clinic, where the source of your symptoms can be accurately identified and treated.