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Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo

 

What is Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)?

Chances are you already know what BPPV is. Standing up quickly, or rapid head movements, make you queasy. The world feels like its spinning round you, or that you, yourself, are spinning out of control. You may stagger, or feel the need to sit back down.

The good news, for most people, is that BPPV is a rare experience that disappears after a moment or two, and has no impact on their daily lives. However, if dizziness becomes a regular feature of your life, seek your GP’s advice first. Always return to your GP if the nature of your dizziness changes, or if it starts to be accompanied by new symptoms including some or all of the following:

A new, different or severe headache

A fever

Double vision or loss of vision

Hearing loss

Trouble speaking

Leg or arm weakness

Loss of consciousness

Falling or difficulty walking

Numbness or tingling

 

What causes BPPV?

In BBPV, dizziness is believed to be due to debris which floats within your inner ear. This debris is known as “ear rocks”, tiny crystals of calcium carbonate which flake off from a structure called the utricle.

Crystals can be dislodged from the utricle as a result of a head injury, infection, an inner ear disorder, or the utricle can degenerate with advancing age. If these crystals become lodged in the wrong part of the inner ear, they can seriously affect your balance, leading to BPPV.

 

I have a diagnosis of BPPV. Now what?

Your doctor will advise you on medical treatments that are available for BPPV. Here at Physiotherapy Works, we carry out physical manipulations that have a success rate of up to 80% in our patients. Using specialised postures and head positions, we aim to dislodge these tiny “rocks” or crystals from the areas inside your ears’ balance systems and return them to their rightful place inside the utricle of the ear.

Each treatment lasts approximately 15 minutes. Treatment is pain free and carries no risk.

 

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