Vertigo Fall Prevention: 5 Mistakes You Should Avoid

Lack of balance is associated with vertigo, a symptom that appears if you have an inner ear condition. Are you curious how it feels like? It’s similar to the spinning sensation you feel when riding a fast carousel or merry-go-round, except your world is rotating even if it doesn’t happen in reality.

Vertigo is an invisible and scary symptom that causes harmful falls to its sufferers. For that reason, there’s no doubt that many people are seeking the help of a Stow vertigo chiropractor.

Here, we will look at the common mistakes that often lead vertigo sufferers to a major injury. Learning to correct these mistakes is vital to prevent falls during a vertigo attack.

Mistake #1 Being scared to seek help

Vertigo can attack anywhere and anytime. If you are under a spinning sensation, you may not be able to walk and see correctly. This is a hazardous scenario if you are driving or trying to cross a busy street. This is why you shouldn't be afraid to ask the help of anyone around you.

You can also ask your care provider to refer you to a physical or occupational therapist. They can lend a hand in teaching you how to move, walk, or stand while you are in a vertigo episode. They can also customize an individual care plan for your specific needs. Adapting the valuable mobility lessons that you will learn from these people can guarantee you maximum safety.

Mistake #2Not being honest with your condition

People who suffer from vertigo episodes often try to hide their condition from their loved ones. This is not helpful at all because you are sabotaging yourself from getting the help you actually need. Be honest to your family, to your doctor, or your Stow vertigo chiropractor. Be sure, to tell the truth when you are given risk assessment questions.

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Mistake #3 Not tidying up your home

Look around your personal space. If your home is clean and everything's organized, then good for you. However, if your floor's filled with clutter, then you are at a high risk of slipping during a vertigo attack. 

Remember that it is not safe to walk across a room full of clutter during a vertigo episode. Ensure that every walkway in your home is wide and clean enough so you can pass through it safely. This is also important for older adults who are walking with a walker. Remove all the toys, rugs, and electrical cords that might make you trip.

Here are other ways to reduce risks of falling at home:

  Modify your bathroom. 

Vertigo attacks can happen anywhere, such as in your bathroom. When you're in the bathroom, you can be at a high risk of falling and slipping because of the wet floor. So, what are the modifications that you can do to ensure your safety in the bathroom?

  1. You can start by installing grab bars in different corners of your bathroom. Having something to grab on can help reduce your chances of slipping or falling to the bathroom floor when your vertigo attacks. Make sure that you install a grab bar that's weight-bearing and sturdy enough to support you.
  2. You can also purchase one of those shower chairs or tub bench to avoid falling when your vertigo attacks in the middle of a bath. 

  Use assistive devices.

If you're older and want to secure your safety while going from one place to another inside your home, you may need an assistive device. For example, you can use a cane or a walker. You never know when your vertigo will attack again, so it's better that you have something to hold or keep you steady. To know the best assistive device for you, you can consult a physical therapist or your doctor. 

Mistake #4Ignoring the root of your vertigo

Ignoring the possible underlying cause of your vertigo is a huge mistake. You must spot and identify the cause of your vertigo episodes. By knowing the root of your balance issue, you’d be more aware of what to avoid to prevent another attack.

Understanding the source of your problem can also help a Stow vertigo chiropractor precisely plan the methods that need to be done to correct the problem that’s causing your vertigo symptoms. Here are some possible reasons why you're dealing with vertigo:

  Meniere's disease

This inner ear disorder is caused by an abnormal fluid buildup in a part of your inner ear. The excess fluid triggers vertigo.

  Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo 

It occurs when the tiny calcium stones in your inner ear dislodge from their normal location. The outcome? The brain receives false signals that you are moving, swaying, or spinning even if you are not. 

  Labyrinthitis

This is also an inner ear disorder caused by a viral infection. This results in inflammation of the inner ear and affects the surrounding nerves vital in keeping your sense of balance. 

  Neck and head injury

Vertigo is often a result of accidents that have mildly or severely affected your neck or head. The impact of the trauma can lead to spinal misalignment, which often causes further damage to the inner ear, one of the body parts responsible for our balance. 

Mistake #5 Not using an emergency alert 

Accidents are often inevitable. So, if you are home alone during a vertigo episode and you feel like you can't get up without falling, use emergency alerts to call for help. This tip can seriously help older adults who are too weak to prevent a fall. An emergency alert with a GPS tracker is the best to use in the circumstances like that.

 

Control the Spinning Feeling by Seeing a Stow Vertigo Chiropractor 

Here at Besso Clinic of Chiropractic, Inc, we take proactive measures to seriously decrease the risk of fall accidents in patients with vertigo. That's why we help by providing a safe, gentle, and successful form of care that corrects the misalignments in the C1 and C2, the top two bones in the spine. Even the tiniest misalignment in this area can cause adverse effects on your nervous system and the rest of your body. 

Our excellent upper cervical chiropractic care focuses on restoring the health of your upper cervical spine to let your body recover faster by itself. Most importantly, we provide care that is tailored to your specific needs.

Discover what our team does and some of our patients’ success stories by visiting our website. Also, feel free to reach us by phone at (330) 689-1234 or this form.

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