Dizziness and vertigo are often used interchangeably to refer to moments of imbalance. Typically accompanied by feelings of unsteadiness, vertigo is usually caused by a fault in a specific region in your ear. This region is called the labyrinth and is primarily responsible for interacting with your eyes and maintaining the body’s spatial position. A disruption in this organ can cause people to feel a tremendous amount of discomfort. If you’ve been feeling dizzy and have been having trouble with your balance, visiting Marlowe & Marrs may provide you with the answers and treatments you seek.
Ear Canal and the Brain Connection to Vertigo
Our balance systems work with the visual and skeletal systems (the muscles, joints, and their sensors) to maintain orientation or balance, keeping us free from vertigo. Our balance system works through the sending of visual signals to the brain. These signals relay the body’s position in relation to its surroundings. Once received, these signals are processed by the brain and are then compared to information from the vestibular and the skeletal systems. When this system of signal transference gets disrupted, we become prone to dizzy spells, imbalance, and vertigo.
Diagnosis of a balance disorder like vertigo is complicated because there are many kinds of balance disorders that can account for vertigo symptoms. Additionally, other medical conditions such as ear infections, blood pressure changes, and some vision problems may contribute to dizziness, complicating the diagnosis further. Some medications may contribute to a balance disorder as well. If you are experiencing symptoms of vertigo and are having a hard time determining their cause, we encourage you to visit us at our Sarasota center. Drs. Marlowe & Marrs have a combined tenure of over 20 years addressing ENT disorders. With their guidance, you may not only find the cause of your discomfort but effectively treat it as well.
Treatments for Vertigo and Dizziness
When you visit Marlowe & Marrs, our team of otolaryngologists will work hard to evaluate your balance problem. Our ear, nose, and throat specialists will begin by obtaining your detailed medical history and performing routine a physical examination in order to sort out possible causes of your vertigo. During your visit, we may also require tests to assess the cause and extent of the disruption of balance. The kinds of tests needed will vary based on your particular symptoms and health status. Some examples of the diagnostic tests we will conduct include a hearing examination, blood test, an electronystagmogram (ENG–a test of the vestibular system), or an imaging study of your head and brain. After finding the cause of your vertigo, we will do all we can to restore your sense of balance. Some of our common vertigo treatments include addressing the underlying condition (if applicable), prescribing a change in diet to reduce sodium intake, antibiotics such as gentamicin, and more.
Vertigo Treatments In Sarasota, Florida
At Marlowe & Marrs we take pride in our proven record of tending to the health care needs of the Sarasota community for over 20 years. If you have been having issues with your balance or feeling dizzy, we encourage you to visit our center. To request an appointment, please call (941) 303-8590 or select and fill out the appropriate form below.