- BPPV stands for Benign (non-life threatening) Paroxysmal (sudden onset with short duration) Positional (triggered by head position) Vertigo (the room is spinning)
- In the inner ear, we have balance canals that detect movement and balance organs that detect gravity. The balance organs have tiny calcium carbonate crystals
- BPPV occurs when one of those crystals get dislodged and pushes on the balance canal when you turn your head in a certain position
- Due to the dislodged crystal, the brain thinks you or the room is spinning
- Does moving your head in one direction trigger dizziness?
- Does the room spin?
- Do you feel like you are spinning?
- Does your vertigo last for less than one minute?
- Does the vertigo stop when you stare at something?
- Have you developed nausea with your dizziness?
- Have you tried BPPV exercises?
- Has the Epley maneuver been performed on you?
- Have you ever had a VNG test done?
- If you develop sudden dizziness and the room is spinning, try to open your eyes and stare at something until the spinning stops
- Maneuvers can be performed in office to diagnose BPPV
- The crystals can be moved back into place using canalith repositioning techniques
- The Epley Maneuver can be performed in the office to cure BPPV
- BPPV exercises can also be performed at home
- Balance therapy can be done one on one with a therapist