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Diagnosing Vertigo in Southern California


Vertigo refers to the sensation of feeling movement when there is none. If you experience vertigo, you may feel like you’re spinning, tilting, or falling, and you may have trouble standing or walking. Usually, vertigo isn’t a sign of a serious condition. Emergency care doctors at Dignity Health Southern California can rule out serious conditions and determine the cause of your vertigo. 

Now you can stay at home while you await treatment for vertigo. Just use our online waiting tool InQuicker and schedule an estimated arrival time to one of our emergency departments for fast, efficient care.

What Causes Vertigo?

It’s not unusual to experience vertigo at some point. Common conditions, such as anxiety, migraine, and certain neurological problems, can all cause vertigo.

Other common reasons for vertigo include:

  • Meniere’s disease, a buildup of fluid in the inner ear
  • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo or BPPV, an inner ear disease
  • An inflammation of the vestibular nerve or vestibular neuritis

Only a trained medical expert can make an accurate diagnosis, so it’s important to seek emergency care for vertigo.

Emergency Treatment for Vertigo at Dignity Health Southern California

Your doctor at Dignity Health Southern California will perform a thorough assessment to understand the cause your vertigo. This may include a neurological exam, hearing tests, and other procedures to pinpoint the source of vertigo. You can provide valuable information to your doctor that will help facilitate your diagnosis. If you experience vertigo, note how long it lasts, activities that may cause it, and any changes in medication or dosage. 

Treatment for vertigo doesn’t stop when you leave our emergency department. Our full range of services, including neurology care, can help provide relief from vertigo and treat the underlying cause. Find a Doctor at our convenient locations in Long Beach, Northridge, Downtown LA, Glendale, and in Inland Empire cities San Bernardino, Fontana, and Highland for comprehensive care for vertigo.

Emergency departments at Dignity Health diagnose and treat vertigo in Southern California.