Vertigo is a sense of spinning dizziness which can indicate various underlying health conditions related to the brain, the inner ear or sensory nerve pathway, is often misinterpreted or ignored by many patients leading to worsening of the condition. Pertaining to the fact that there is a sharp rise in the number of such cases and need to raise awareness and bust myths related to the ailment, Max Super Speciality Hospital, Gurugram today launched first of its kind Vertigo clinic in the city.
Gurugram’s first of its kind Vertigo clinic by Max Hospital is fully equipped with state-of-the-art vestibular assessment and rehabilitation facilities will ensure timely diagnosis and provide an ease of access to the patients in the city and adjoining areas.
Max Hospital’s Vertigo Clinic at Gurugram will house a team of renowned multi-disciplinary clinicians and support staff.
The event launch was followed by health session orated by Dr Ravinder Gera, Director and Head of Department –ENT, Max Super Speciality Hospital, Gurugram, who emphasised on various topics related to the condition including the symptoms, preventive measures, and how, early and prompt intervention helps in improving the treatment outcomes improving the quality of life.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Gera said, “Vertigo is not just a condition of headaches or giddiness. One of the biggest misconceptions that has to be dispelled is that Cervical Spondylitis causes Vertigo. Majority of patients who report complaints of Vertigo are diagnosed as Cervical Spondylitis and they continue to be treated for a disorder which is either not present or not responsible for the symptoms of Vertigo. The most common cause of Vertigo is afflictions of the inner ear, or middle ear which may range from a simple ear wax to viral infections of the labyrinth.”
The condition also known as, motion sickness or balance disorder increases when one closes their eyes and tend to fall. This sensation is caused as a result of the brain being fed impulses that suggest motion while it is actually not there.
There are three body systems that control the balancing mechanisms – the inner ear with its labyrinthine canals; the eyes and the eye muscles and the muscles of the neck. Inputs from these systems are processed in specific areas of the brain and the perception of balance is maintained when the inputs are synchronised. Whenever the brain (CPU) is unable to process the information properly, it leads to Vertigo.
“Depending on the symptoms, the treatment protocol may vary from person to person with some mild cases of vertigo may go away with medications, and complex cases which may require surgical intervention. Treatment modalities include Epleys manoeuvre, physical movement therapy which helps in symptomatic relief without the use of medications and vestibular rehabilitation which aims at helping to strengthen the vestibular system. Thus patients feeling giddiness or spinning dizziness are advised not to ignore the symptoms for headaches, migraine or cervical, but get a detailed investigation to rule out vertigo at early stages. Since in the advanced stages, vertigo is attributed to rare and complex reasons which might require extensive investigation of the critical areas of the brain, due to the association with a number of other symptoms like speech or swallowing difficulty, visual problems, weakness of limbs etc,” added Dr Gera.
Usually, the symptoms of vertigo are associated with great heights or looking down from heights, and normally affects adults after the age of 20 years. Though incidences of vertigo are extremely rare in children, it is shocking to hear that majority of vertigo patients are females. The prevalence of Vertigo in India is estimated to affect atleast 0.7% of the population which amounts to over 98 lakh people.