Symptoms and DiagnosisSymptoms of visual vertigo will appear after an insult or injury to your vestibular system.
These symptoms include, but are not limited to:
- Becoming pale
- Heavy eye feeling
- Overactive or large postural corrections to small or large optokinetic simulation
These symptoms are often triggered by:
- Watching TV or a movie on a large screen
- Scrolling on a phone, tablet, or computer
- Playing video games
- Walking through a crowd
- Driving in traffic
- Walking in the aisles of the grocery store or other large store
- Being in a car, bus, or train
- Driving by rows of vines or plants in agricultural areas
A history of one or more of the following:
- Head injury or concussion
- Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo
- Persistent Postural-Perceptual Dizziness (PPPD)
- Meniere’s Disease
- Vestibular Neuritis
- Vestibular Migraine
TreatmentTreating Vestibular Vertigo is multifaceted. The treatment should be based on treating the underlying condition and simultaneously treating the visual dependence in your balance system. If you have a diagnosis like Vestibular Migraine or Meniere’s Disease, changing your die and taking prescription medication will effectively accompany Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy in feeling like yourself again. It is vital to treat both the underlying condition and the remaining symptoms to ensure that the symptoms of Visual Vertigo will decrease and that they will not return with a flareup of the underlying condition.
Physical TherapySeeking a Vestibular Physical Therapist is essential to healing. The objective of Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT) is to teach your brain how to appropriately respond to visual stimuli. Your Physical Therapist will determine which tasks, measures, and exercises are difficult for you, and what you may be avoiding participating in during your daily activities. Before designing your healing program, your PT should ensure that it is applicable to you and your goals. Discuss with your Physical Therapist the tasks that you are avoiding and hesitant about, and what you would like to improve. Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy is effective in treating Visual Vertigo, and your Vestibular Physical Therapist will work with you closely to challenge our visual and vestibular systems to help you feel like your best self!
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