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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What is vertigo?

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    Margie Sharpe


    Vertigo is either an unpleasant disturbance of spation orientation or an illusory perception of a movement of the body (spinning and wobbling) and/or of the surroundings. 

    Vertigo is a symptom, not a disease, caused by the vestibular system (not the neck) which is located in diferent sites in the brain.

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    Dr Ryan Hislop


    Ryan Hislop is the Clinical Director at the Mudgee Chiropractic Health and Wellness Centre. As an experienced and evidence-based diagnostician, Ryan works largely by medical … View Profile

    Vertigo is the feeling that you or your environment is moving or spinning. It differs from dizziness in that vertigo describes an illusion of movement. When you feel as if you yourself are moving, it's called subjective vertigo, and the perception that your surroundings are moving is called objective vertigo.Unlike nonspecific lightheadedness or dizziness, vertigo has relatively few causes. Vertigo can be caused by problems in the brain or the inner ear. 

    If true vertigo exists, symptoms include a sensation of disorientation or motion. In addition, the individual may also have any or all of the following symptoms
    - nausea or vomiting
    - sweating and/or
    - abnormal eye movements (nystagmus)

    The duration of symptoms can range from minutes to hours and may be constant or episodic. In some cases of vertigo such as BPPV, the onset may be related to movements or changes in position. 

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