Ever sat on a ride at an amusement park that left you feeling uncomfortably off-kilter? The faces around you probably seemed to be spinning, you felt out of balance, and a little sick. You experienced a loss of control and a bit of fear, as you made your way out with shaky legs. This is just a minor glimpse of what living with vertigo can feel like! While getting on the same rollercoaster again is a choice, managing vertigo isn’t, and nearly 1 out of 10 people in the world have experienced this vestibular balance disorder and its potentially debilitating effects. However, vertigo treatment, medication and a few other grounding measures can help manage episodes better and bring back a sense of balance and control to your day. Those who have experienced vertigo, can attest to the fact that it is uncomfortable, at the very least. It can also be very stressful and sometimes impede daily activities and routine – studies have found that approximately 50% of people reported reduced efficiency at work, around 50% reported hindrance to travel, and about 57% said that it disrupted their social lives. On the heels of ‘Vestibular Disease Awareness Day’, we take a look at how better understanding of the condition and appropriate healthcare can help people move forward from vertigo, with steadiness! Inner workings: What is vertigo & how long does vertigo last? The vestibular system is a sensory system located within the inner ear; and is responsible for providing our sense of balance and orientation during movement. Often caused by an issue in the inner ear, vertigo is considered a vestibular balance disorder. Our bodies rely on sensory signals from the inner ear about motion, movement and positioning. A dysfunction in the system affecting the inner ear signals can cause vertigo. Vertigo isn't a disease, but a symptom of an underlying condition.