Understanding Vertigo

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Causes of Vertigo

Vertigo can result from various conditions, most commonly related to inner ear disorders. Key causes include-

  • Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV): Tiny crystals in the inner ear become dislodged, causing dizziness with certain head movements.
  • Labyrinthitis or Vestibular Neuritis: Inflammation of the inner ear or the nerves connecting the inner ear to the brain.
  • Meniere’s Disease: Characterized by episodic vertigo, hearing loss, and tinnitus.
  • Other Causes: Including head or neck injury, certain medications, migraines, or more rare causes like acoustic neuroma or multiple sclerosis.

Dr. Nishigandha’s Diagnostic Approach

Dr. Nishigandha employs a comprehensive diagnostic approach to pinpoint the exact cause of vertigo-

  • Detailed Medical History and Symptom Review: Understanding the nature, duration, and triggers of vertigo episodes.
  • Physical and Neurological Examination: Assessing balance, coordination, eye movements, and hearing.
  • Diagnostic Tests: These may include audiometric tests, videonystagmography (VNG), or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Advanced Diagnostic Tools

  • Videonystagmography (VNG): Evaluates the function of the vestibular system by monitoring eye movements.
  • Rotary Chair Testing: To assess vestibular responsiveness and balance function.
  • Posturography: Analyzing balance and risk of falling.
  • Electronystagmography (ENG): Recording involuntary movements of the eye caused by a condition known as nystagmus.

Treatment Options for Vertigo

Treatment depends on the underlying cause-

Canalith Repositioning Maneuvers (Epley Maneuver): For BPPV, specific head movements are performed to reposition the dislodged crystals in the inner ear.

  • Medications: To relieve symptoms like dizziness, nausea, or motion sickness.
  • Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT): A form of physical therapy to improve balance and reduce dizziness symptoms.
  • Diet and Lifestyle Modifications: Especially in cases of Meniere’s Disease, reducing salt intake and managing stress can be beneficial.
  • Surgery: Rarely, surgery may be considered for severe cases or specific conditions like vestibular schwannoma.

Managing Vertigo in Daily Life

Alongside medical treatment, Dr. Nishigandha provides guidance on managing vertigo in daily life:

  • Home Safety Tips: To prevent falls or injuries during vertigo attacks.
  • Dietary Advice: Avoiding substances that can trigger vertigo, such as caffeine, alcohol, and certain medications.
  • Stress Management Techniques: As stress can exacerbate vertigo symptoms.
  • Sleep Hygiene: Ensuring regular and adequate sleep, which can help in managing vertigo.

Ongoing Support and Education

Dr. Nishigandha emphasizes the importance of patient education in managing vertigo. She provides resources and support, helping patients understand their condition and the steps they can take to minimize its impact on their lives.

Follow-Up and Long-Term Care

Regular follow-up appointments are crucial, especially for conditions like Meniere’s disease or vestibular neuritis, which may require ongoing management. Dr. Nishigandha ensures continuous monitoring and adjustment of treatment plans as needed.

Innovative Therapies in Vertigo Treatment

Dr. Nishigandha stays updated with the latest advancements in vertigo treatment, incorporating innovative therapies and techniques as they become available. This includes new physical therapy approaches, medication regimes, and minimally invasive surgical techniques when necessary.

Collaborative Care Approach

For complex cases of vertigo, Dr. Nishigandha collaborates with other specialists such as neurologists, audiologists, and physical therapists to provide a multidisciplinary approach to treatment, ensuring comprehensive care for her patients.

Quality of Life Focus

The primary goal of vertigo treatment under Dr. Nishigandha’s care is not just symptom relief but also enhancing the patient’s quality of life. She focuses on strategies that help patients return to their daily activities with confidence and comfort.

Customized Rehabilitation Programs

For patients undergoing vestibular rehabilitation therapy, Dr. Nishigandha works with rehabilitation specialists to create customized programs. These programs are designed to meet the individual needs of each patient, based on the severity and type of their vertigo.

Counseling and Psychological Support

Recognizing the emotional and psychological impact of chronic vertigo, Dr. Nishigandha provides counselling and support services. She understands that coping with vertigo can be challenging and offers resources to help patients manage these aspects of the condition.

Why Choose Dr. Nishigandha Nehete for Vertigo Treatment?

  • Expertise in ENT Disorders: Profound knowledge and experience in treating various causes of vertigo.
  • Patient-Centred Care: Emphasis on understanding and addressing the unique needs of each patient.
  • Advanced Diagnostic Capabilities: Equipped with state-of-the-art tools for accurate diagnosis.
  • Holistic Treatment Plans: Combining medical treatment with lifestyle and rehabilitative strategies for optimal outcomes.

Get Expert Care for Vertigo

If you are experiencing vertigo and its associated challenges, Dr. Nishigandha Nehete is here to help. Contact her to schedule a consultation, and take the first step towards managing your vertigo and improving your quality of life.

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