DIZZINESS AND VERTIGO

ABOUT DIZZINESS AND VERTIGO

Does it feel like the room is spinning around you, you have episodes of feeling dizzy when you move your head in a certain direction, turning your head quickly, bending over, tipping your head back, or  when rolling over in bed that can make you feel nauseous?  If so, you may have BPPV.

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BPPV/ Vertigo 

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is a specific type of vertigo that is brought on by a change in position of the head with respect to gravity. This disorder is caused by problems in the inner ear. Its symptoms are repeated episodes of positional vertigo, that is, of a spinning sensation caused by changes in the position of the head. 

It can be triggered by any action which stimulates the posterior semi-circular canal which may be:

  • Tilting the head

  • Rolling over in bed

  • Looking up or under

  • Sudden head motion

If you have BPPV, Physical Therapy has been shown to be very effective in reducing symptoms substantially and eventually resolving the issue.  During your initial evaluation we will do a series of tests to determine if it is in fact BPPV or another possible disorder.  If we do find that it is BPPV treatments are easily performed right then that will reduce your symptoms in a matter of minutes.  You will be given some exercises to perform at home that will further assist and within a few follow up sessions your vertigo shall be a thing of the past.