What is it? Benign Paroxsymal Positional Vertigo. It is non life threatening disorder which can come on suddenly and quickly by positional changes and can leave you with a feeling of spinning. It is a common disorder of the vestibular system in which the calcium carbonate crystals in your ear get misplaced and fall into one or more of the semicircular canals where they shouldn't be.
Sometimes, BPPV can and will resolve on its own. However, due to the mechanical nature of the problem, sometimes a repositioning maneuver can resolve it more quickly. This is known as an Epley Maneuver. Although this maneuver is very effective, in some cases, BPPV can return and may require additional treatments.
After having a healthcare professional perform the maneuver, individuals can be taught to go through the maneuver on their own or with the help of a friend or family member. This self-Eply Maneuver can be an effective way of reducing symptoms and returning to normal function.
If you have any questions about BPPV, or currently suffer from or have been diagnosed by your physician, we at Arroyo Physical Therapy can assist you in treatment and education to manage this disorder effectively.