A one of its kind, the Vertigo and Balance Disorders Clinic at Apollo Hyderabad, brings you the best team of doctors, treatment facilities and equipment. The vertigo team at Apollo Hyderabad comprises renowned experts who are the best in their field. Over 6000 vertigo patients have been treated in the hospital, providing our team with the unmatched experience you would want to avail for yourself.
Additionally, Apollo is the only hospital to have technologies to perform advanced tests, like stabilometry, video head impulse test and virtual reality rehabilitation, along with VNG (videonystagmography), subjective visual vertical test, dynamic visual acuity test, craniocorpography and calorie test. It also provides world-class infrastructure and rehabilitation facilities to the patients along with affordable tests and treatments.
Vertigo is one of the most common problems, affecting about 15% of the world’s population. In India, around 180 million people are known to suffer from vertigo.
Even with such a large number of patients, vertigo remains one of the most underdiagnosed problems in the world. People have to run from pillar to post, looking for treatment. That’s the reason Apollo Hospitals has launched the Vertigo & Balance Disorders Clinic, a one stop solution, within the hospital, dedicated entirely to diagnosing and treating vertigo patients.
Vertigo is a sensation that the environment around you is moving or spinning. More than a disease, it is a symptom of various conditions, which can make you feel off-balanced. However, it should not be confused with dizziness. There is an underlying distinction between the two problems. While dizziness is an overall feeling of unbalance, vertigo is a sensation that you are spinning or your surroundings are moving.
The feeling of vertigo can also be closely associated with motion sickness. A vertigo attack may make you feel like you are rocketing, spinning, tilting or floating. A single episode of vertigo may last from a few seconds to a few minutes.
Based on the causative factors, vertigo is categorised into two main types: peripheral vertigo and central vertigo. Peripheral vertigo occurs when there is a problem with the inner ear, whereas central vertigo occurs when there is an issue with the brain, like stroke. migraine, etc. Understanding the root cause of vertigo is extremely important as it helps determine the best mode of treatment.
Some of the leading causes include benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). Meniere’s Disease, labyrinthitis, vestibular neuritis and cholesteatoma.
Other common triggers of vertigo are strokes, diabetes, head injuries, prolonged bed rest ear surgery, perilymphatic fistula, hyperventilation, low blood pressure, muscle weakness, otosclerosis, brain diseases and multiple sclerosis.
Migraine is also one of the leading causes of vertigo. Many people even have it as a symptom of migraine. In addition, stress can also indirectly impact vertigo as it can cause inner ear dysfunction, which can eventually lead to vertigo attacks.
Many people have also experienced vertigo as a symptom of COVID-19. However, the exact reason why COVID-19 causes vertigo yet unknown.
Although vertigo is not a serious condition, it could serve as a symptom of other serious health disorders. Therefore, it is crucial to know the symptoms of vertigo and get it diagnosed on time.
Some of the common symptoms of vertigo include balance problems, spinning sensation, instability, confusion or inability to concentrate on work, rocking or floating sensation, blurry vision, nausea, vomiting. headaches, ringing or buzzing in the ear and involuntary eye movements.
If you experience any of these symptoms, you should contact your healthcare provider immediately. They will usually perform a physical examination and ask a few questions about your symptoms to diagnose vertigo. To confirm the diagnosis, they may also recommend a few tests like VNG (videonystagmography), subjective visual vertical test, dynamic visual acuity test, craniocorpography and calorie test. After these tests, the doctor may also recommend a CT scan or MRI for more results.
Based on these tests, the doctor will then determine the root cause of vertigo and select the appropriate mode of treatment, such as medications, vestibular rehabilitation, canalith repositioning procedure, surgery.etc.
Certain lifestyle changes can help you prevent vertigo,
- Take out some time every few hours to stand up and do simple head and neck movements.
- Sleep with your head elevated on two pillows.
- Sit down immediately if you feel dizzy.
- Squat instead of bending down while picking something up.