Vertigo, dizziness and unsteady balance: When is it time for Balance PT?

By Anthony Curtis, PT

Dizziness, unsteady balance, and vertigo can be scary. Patients who experience a sudden or gradual onset of symptoms such as lightheadedness or wobbliness may worry about the underlying cause of their disorientation. Here we will discuss common causes, when to seek medical attention, and what you can expect from a visit to Virginia ENT.

Inner Ear Crystals and BPPV

I Have Crystals In My Ears?

As strange as it seems, everyone has microscopic crystals residing in their inner ears. These crystals are called Otoconia and are found in the Otolith organs, which are two pouches inside the vestibular system that are filled with fluid. The pouches are lined with small hairs and the small hairs are lined with the Otoconia. When the head tilts, the crystals attached to the hairs move through the ear fluid and send nerve signals to the brain.