Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo – BPPV

Questions

  • 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?

 

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About BPPV

  • 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

 

Solutions

  • 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