Pro Medical SA is a group of Medical Practices in Adelaide that offers state of the art facilities with the aim of delivering the highest level of patient care. Our Adelaide General Practitioners have a focus on Family Medicine encompassing all age groups.

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Pro Dental SA is an Adelaide Family Dental Surgery that places an emphasis on preventative care and maintenance. Our Adelaide Dentists are focused on delivering high quality treatments and services in a relaxed and family friendly environment.

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Kidman Park

Pro Physio SA is an Adelaide Physio and Pilates Practice that is focused on providing the very best physiotherapy treatment, intervention and rehabilitation.

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Pro Podiatry SA is an Adelaide based Podiatry and Orthotic Practice. With an emphasis on communication and education, our Adelaide Podiatrists can help devise a management plan to help treat and resolve a range of complex foot and ankle conditions.

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Pro Psychology SA is an Adelaide Psychology Practice, that prides itself on a commitment to professional quality care to achieve the best possible outcomes and goals for individuals, couples and families.

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Pro Nutrition SA is an Adelaide based Dietetic Practice. We aim to provide optimal patient care with an emphasis on dietary advice & education by providing tailored recommendations that are specific to each patient's needs.

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Pro Remedial SA is an Adelaide Remedial Massage Practice that is focused on assisting patients in all aspects of Remedial Massage, Sports Massage and Therapeutic Massage, including Sports Injury Management, Positional Release, Cupping Therapy, Acupressure and Lymphatic Drainage.

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Pro Studio SA is an Adelaide based Pilates Studio, Gym and Rehabilitation Facility. Pro Studio SA offers a safe environment for individuals looking to implement a program of muscular strengthening, conditioning and/or specialised rehabilitation under the careful instruction of our team of Physiotherapists, Exercise Physiologists and Personal Trainers.

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Kidman Park

Pro Exercise SA is an Adelaide based Exercise Physiology Practice that focuses on prevention and treatment of injury and chronic illness through structured exercise participation.

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Hope Valley
Mitcham
Kidman Park

Dizziness

Dizziness is a broad, non-specific term used to describe a false sensation of motion of the body. Associated dizziness symptoms may include: light-headedness, giddiness and unsteadiness. Vertigo differs as it involves a specific sensation of the room/ environment spinning. Vertigo is highly characteristic of an inner ear (vestibular) issue, while dizziness can have numerous contributing factors, including the neck (cervicogenic dizziness – CGD).

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) is the most common type of vertigo and is associated with reoccurring, short-lasting bouts of dizziness caused by changes in head position. For example, sudden sensations of the room spinning when rolling or getting out of bed. BPPV can also be associated with nausea and loss of balance. As frightening as BPPV can be, there is a pathophysiological reason as to why people experience it, and successful physiotherapy treatment for it.

BPPV occurs when crystals from the inner ear (otoconia) become dislodged from the sensory site in the ear (utricle) and migrate into one of the three semicircular canals where they are not supposed to be. Normally, the crystals are attached to hair-like cells inside the utricle. This attachment allows our brains to recognise changes in head position and tells us where our head is in space. In the case of BPPV the dislodged crystals disrupt this process, resulting in disorientation and spinning sensations. Physiotherapists are able to do specific vertigo tests to determine the likely position of these crystals, and perform necessary treatment to re-position them to help alleviate vertigo symptoms.

CGD is similar to BPPV in that there is a clear relationship between cervical (neck) movement and symptoms. However, CGD is a diagnosis of exclusion that is associated with vague sensations of dizziness, rather than the rotatory, spinning sensation as experienced with vertigo. Signs and symptoms of CGD may include unsteadiness and disorientation but also neck pain, limited neck range of motion and cervicogenic headaches (headaches stemming from the upper cervical spine).

Physiotherapists are able to differentially diagnose and exclude types of dizziness with a comprehensive series of questions and special tests to reproduce symptoms. Depending on the type of dizziness, physiotherapy treatment may involve manoeuvres to reposition the crystals
within the ear (eg. Epley’s manoeuvre) or treatment to the neck for CGD, both of which can be very helpful to ease symptoms. Through the assessment, physiotherapists are also able to determine if your dizziness symptoms are not caused by the above mentioned conditions and will triage
and refer on to any necessary health professional.

To book an appointment with one of our Physiotherapists, please contact your local Pro Health Care clinic or book online today.

Pro Physio SA Clare Turnbull, Physiotherapist

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