Vertigo is the sensation of spinning but may include a feeling of being unbalanced, dizzy or nauseated. Episodes may last from a few minutes to hours, or even days. While there are many different causes of vertigo, one of the most common is BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo). The diagnosis of BPPV has increased in recent years, as awareness and knowledge of this condition has grown.
Your Physical Therapist, ENT specialist, or Primary care physician can diagnose your vertigo symptoms. A series of movement related tests will determine if your vertigo is BPPV, or another vertigo related diagnosis such as Vestibular Neuritis or Meniere’s disease. An individualized treatment program can then be tailored to your diagnosis.
BPPV is a condition in which crystals, which naturally occur in your inner ear, become dislodged. The crystals find their way to your semi-circular canals and send abnormal signals to your brain causing vertigo. Specific maneuvers can move the crystals out of the canals and resolve the vertigo.