Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
How much do you know about Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)?
-Vertigo is a sensation that you or your surroundings are spinning.
-It is a common inner-ear problem affecting the vestibular system, a system used to maintain balance.
-Benign means that this disorder is not life threatening, and generally, the disorder is not progressive.
-Paroxysmal means that the vertigo (spinning sensation) occurs suddenly.
-Positional means that the vertigo is triggered by changes in head position, most commonly when lying down, turning over in bed, or looking up.
-BPPV occurs when pieces of calcium carbonate (naturally occurring in the inner ear) breaks off and moves to another part of the inner ear, usually the semicircular canals.
-When you move your head a certain way, the crystals move inside the canal and stimulate nerve endings, causing you to become dizzy.
-Vertigo is treatable with a simple but very specific head and neck maneuver performed by a physical therapist.
***Contact your physician to refer you to physical therapy for a full evaluation as soon as symptoms begin for immediate attention and a quicker recovery!***
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Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is an inner-ear problem that causes short periods of dizziness when your head is moved in certain positions.