Are vertigo and dizziness the same thing? MY PT says they are but I don't think so nor does my neurologist. As I explained to someone, as an Ataxian, I have permanent swaying but a recent fall brought on (I think) vertigo--which to me is a very profound sense of dizziness. I did not check this out but the fall left me with a bump on the scalp and now an abrasion of some kind. Not sure there is any treatment for this. I slipped because my husband had the flu and needed help and threw his clothes in a dark room all about. Does this make sense to anyone?