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ROUND AND ROUND AND ROUND…CAN ANYTHING BE DONE ABOUT VERTIGO?

migraineMany individuals confuse “vertigo” with “dizziness.”  While there are similarities, vertigo is usually described as a spinning sensation, while dizziness is usually described as lightheadedness.  Often, they have different causes and different treatments.

WHAT IS VERTIGO?

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Vertigo is the sensation of spinning, even if you are not moving and you’re perfectly still.  This can happen if you’re standing, sitting, or even lying down–you may feel like the room is moving about you.  The primary cause of vertigo stems from the inner ear, known as our vestibular system.  There are a number of factors that can cause vertigo, including: read more

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WHAT A PAIN IN THE NECK…WHAT CAN BE CAUSING MY NECK TO HURT?

WHAT REALLY IS NECK PAIN?
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The cervical spine (neck) is made up of 7 vertebrae, with each vertebra being separated by a gel-like disc.  The purpose of the discs is to provide shock absorption for the spine.  The spinal cord travels through a central canal in the cervical vertebrae.  Nerve roots extend off of the spinal cord and branch off into specific locations into the arm and hand.  These spinal nerves provide signals to our muscles to contract or relax, as well as provide sensory input such as pain, pressure, and temperature. If any type of abnormal pressure is placed on these spinal nerves, then we get an impingement, or “pinched nerve.”  Some causes of impingement may be: read more

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OH, MY ACHING HEAD–CAN PHYSICAL THERAPY HELP MY HEADACHE?

headachesThere are numerous types of headaches, with just as many different causes.  According to the International Headache Society, there are several different categories of headache:

  • Tension 
  • Migraine and Cluster
  • Secondary headaches (due to an underlying condition), often caused by sinus infections, fever, infectious disease, and in rare cases, tumors
  • Cranial neuralgias, facial pain, and other headaches
     Although severe headaches that frequently recur can impact the quality of your life and restrict your ability to conduct daily tasks, most headaches are harmless.  There are effective treatments for almost every type of headache.  Physical Therapists can help determine your type of headache, it’s cause, and develop an appropriate treatment plan that will help reduce both frequency and intensity.

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WHAT EXACTLY ARE HEADACHES?
Pain of any type that occurs in any part of the head is called a headache.  Headaches, like back pain, are one of the most common of all physical complaints and can be extremely frustrating to manage.  Tension headaches, generally caused by muscle spasms, are the most common type of headaches in adults.  They may be the result of poor posture, fatigue, stress, or from a neck or jaw problem.  Problems in the head, neck, or jaw, such as an injury or arthritis, can lead to increased tension in the muscles at the back of the head and neck which can lead to increased pressure on the nerves of the head and face.  Poor posture can cause these muscles to become overworked, which can then trigger a headache. read more

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