Vertigo and Balance Disorders FAQs
Reviewed by John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP, on February 26, 2016
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Q:What is vertigo?
A:Vertigo is a type of dizziness that causes a spinning sensation.
Q:Vertigo is most commonly associated with which body part?
A:An inner ear problem is the cause of most cases of vertigo.
Q:What causes vertigo?
A:Balance and hearing disorders, head trauma, migraines, and cold viruses or ear infection are all common causes of vertigo.
Q:What are symptoms of vertigo and other balance disorders?
A:The most common symptoms of vertigo and other balance disorders include a spinning sensation, the feeling of tilting or swaying, or feeling unbalanced.
Q:Eyes move abnormally to try to compensate for abnormal balance signals.
A:True. One of the ways benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is diagnosed is by noting a symptom called nystagmus, which is involuntary eye movements often triggered by inner ear stimulation.
Q:The Epley maneuver is an effective treatment for vertigo. True or false?
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