Living with Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo

Category: Balance & Dizziness, Vertigo Treatment

the concept of a woman who's dizzying in her headIt is not unusual to occasionally experience bouts of dizziness once you reach a certain age. Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, or BPPV, is a common cause of vertigo. Usually, episodes are brief and can range from mild to intense. This condition is generally not serious, unless it makes you more likely to fall. Effective treatment for BPPV reduces this likelihood.

Triggers for BPPV

The sensation that you or the room is spinning can be triggered by changing the position of your head. In most instances, this can happen when you nod your head up or down. It can also happen when you sit up from a prone position or when you lie down. Some people experience BPPV when they turn over in bed.

Idiopathic BPPV is common, meaning there is no known cause for the problem. Sometimes a cause can be identified. In these cases, it usually has to do with a severe blow to the head. BPPV can also be caused by inner ear disorders or damage to the inner ear due to surgery. Some migraine patients experience BPPV.

Diagnosis and Treatment

BPPV is not usually a serious condition. Some people only experience these dizzy spells once in a while. They often go away after a few weeks or months without any intervention. The episodes can be bothersome, and if they are, treatment is available.

Diagnosis of BPPV consists of a series of tests to determine the cause of your dizzy spells. When simple eye and head movement tests do not explain the problem, your doctor may order an MRI, electronystagmography or videonystagmography. The latter two tests detect abnormal eye movement. This can help determine if the dizziness is caused by inner ear disease.

Once your doctor determines the cause of your dizziness, a treatment plan will be put in place. BPPV treatment consists of rehabilitation therapy designed to alleviate the symptoms. You will learn how to move in ways that will not trigger dizzy spells and how to make the necessary adjustments.

Sovereign Rehabilitation helps BPPV patients learn how to manage their condition. If you are experiencing dizzy spells, call us and schedule an appointment. We make life feel better and we can help you keep your balance.

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