What Is Meniere's Disease, and How Can Physiotherapy Help?

What Is Meniere’s Disease, and How Can Physiotherapy Help?

March 20, 2020

Meniere’s disease is a rare, typically chronic condition of the inner ear, often causing a feeling of pressure or fullness, tinnitus (ringing or buzzing) and hearing loss in the affected ear. These symptoms typically affect only one ear. As Meniere’s disease progresses, vertigo—the false perception that the room or affected person is moving—may become more frequent. Sometimes, vertigo becomes so intense that it causes the person to lose their balance and fall.

Often, the symptoms for Meniere’s disease come in clusters, with many people experiencing months I -between episodes. The lack of predictability, along with hearing loss and feelings of imbalance, can cause a lot of frustration, anxiety and even depression. While there is no cure, understanding the symptoms and getting a proper diagnosis can lead you on a path to treating Meniere’s disease with physiotherapy in Brampton.

Diagnosing Meniere’s disease

If you start experiencing these symptoms—pressure or fullness, buzzing or ringing, hearing loss or vertigo—keep track of what symptoms are occurring and how often. Then, you can provide your doctor with a detailed history of your symptoms, which will help them determine if you are suffering from Meniere’s disease. If needed, additional tests may take place to determine a diagnosis, such as a hearing test, an MRI or a rotary chair test to evaluate your vestibular system—the system in your body that regulates posture and balance.

Causes of Meniere’s disease

While the exact cause of Meniere’s disease is still a mystery, there are a few different theories. One theory is that genetics, the compression of blood vessels, autoimmune disorders or viruses can cause inner ear fluid to build up and thicken, increasing the pressure within the ear. Another theory connects Meniere’s and migraines, while still another blames head injuries and allergies. While the causes are currently theoretical, something that has been proven is the positive impact of physiotherapy on Meniere’s disease, particularly for vertigo treatment in Brampton.

Treating Meniere’s disease with physiotherapy

Despite there being no known cure for Meniere’s disease, managing symptoms is possible with physiotherapy. The experts at Paramount Physiotherapy & Sports Injuries Clinic can help you manage safe movements to treat vertigo during and between attacks. Our physiotherapists can go over exercises in order to improve symptoms and help with imbalance, which often comes on between attacks. These exercises go through positional maneuvers and can help retrain your balance system. We can also educate you on specific positions, movements and environmental conditions to help you minimize the impact of the symptoms or avoid reoccurring attacks.

Get treatment in Brampton

There is no reason to continue suffering from the symptoms of Meniere’s disease in Brampton. If you are looking for vertigo treatment, look no further than the team of certified physiotherapists at Paramount Physiotherapy & Sports Injuries Clinic. We offer education, individualized programs and vestibular therapy to help you get your life back on track and your Meniere’s disease symptoms under control. Reach out to us today to set up your first appointment.

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