Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo
Do you feel like the world revolves around you? If you answer yes in the literal sense, you may be experiencing BPPV.
Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is one of the most common causes of vertigo, the most common symptom of BPPV is a spinning sensation when a person gets into a certain position. Other symptoms of BPPV could include:
- A sense that your surroundings are moving around you
- A loss of balance or unsteadiness
How does Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo form?
Inside the inner ear, there are small calcium crystals called otoconia. These otoconia couple their mechanical forces to the sensory hair cells that are found in the inner ear to sense when the body accelerates and changes direction. These calcium crystals can sometimes become detached. When this occurs the crystals start floating freely throughout the liquid-filled spaces of the inner ear. This is what causes people to start to feel symptoms of BPPV. According to the Journal of Vestibular Research, approximately 10% of the general population experiences BPPV at some point in their life, and after treatment, 50% of people have recurrences of it. (106)
How can physical therapy help?
Here at Color Country Physical Therapy, our therapists are trained and experienced in dealing with BPPV. We use highly effective therapeutic positional maneuvers that will make those loose calcium crystals go back into place, and ultimately fix your vertigo problem. With the treatment that comes from physical therapy, your BPPV can be corrected as soon as the first treatment.
What to expect when you get here:
When you come to Color Country Physical Therapy, One of our therapists will ask you a few questions regarding your vertigo and in what positions you experience the strongest symptoms. They will conduct a few tests to find the exact position of the otoconia, then we will use a series of head movements to shift the otoconia back into position.
Our goal is to get you back to the activities that you love doing, and that training best happens in the clinic. Our goal for each of our patients is to never see them again for the same pain that they originally had. We will give you the tools that you need to go home feeling well again.