PHYSICAL THERAPY

Often vertigo symptoms are caused by vestibular dysfunction. The vestibular system consists of canals that hold fluid and a central area that holds “rocks”—crystals of calcium carbonate—deep in the inner ear. At times those rocks can get stuck in the canals, and that causes the fluid to move poorly. Dizziness is the result.

ProHealth Physical Therapy in Peachtree City treats vestibular dysfunction with repositioning maneuvers that restore the proper fluid flow and the “rocks” deep within the inner ear. Typically it takes two to four Physical Therapy sessions to resolve the problem. Resolution can happen in as short as one visit.

To stop that room-spinning feel of vertigo, ProHealth’s therapists are specially trained to treat vestibular dysfunction. Not every physical therapist has gone through the extra education for this modality.

One ProHealth patient, a Peachtree City man in his 40s woke up with severe vertigo, which included nausea, on the night before he was to leave on a hiking trip. He went to see his family doctor to make sure he didn’t have an inner ear infection. He was referred to physical therapy. He was evaluated by a ProHealth physical therapist and found to have BPPV, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, on the right side. That’s the technical term for when the rocks get stuck in the canals.

The therapist performed a repositioning maneuver that took five minutes. After the maneuver, the patient was instructed to sleep in an elevated position for two days. Upon leaving the clinic, his dizziness had resolved. He was able to go on his hiking trip and had no reoccurrence of symptoms.


Vertigo may also be caused by a blood pressure issue, brain tumor, or inner ear infection. ProHealth physical therapists can test a person to see if vertigo is treatable vestibular dysfunction.