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What is Dizziness?
The word “dizziness” is often used to describe different kinds of experiences, with different causes.
Causes of dizziness may include medication side effects, vestibular (inner ear) problems, and changes in your autonomic nervous system (which functions without you paying attention to it; for example, regulating your heart rate and digestion).
How to Manage Dizziness?
Understanding the type of your dizziness, your pattern of dizziness, and what makes it better or worse is key to managing your dizziness.
As we know exercise is important after concussion, finding a way to gently exercise without aggravating your dizziness is recommended. Using a stationary bike might be easier than a treadmill or outdoor running/cycling, at first. Managing stress and sleep problems may also improve dizziness.
When to see a Health Care Practitioner
If your dizziness is limiting you from participating in daily activities or returning to work, and is not improving spontaneously, see your family doctor and/or see a health care practitioner experienced in concussions.
The health care practitioner will help determine what is causing your dizziness. They may perform head maneuver techniques, prescribe balance exercises, review and modify your medications, and/or recommend lifestyle modifications.