Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo: Symptoms and Treatments

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) is a vestibular disorder characterized by episodes of vertigo. BPPV symptoms are often triggered by changes in head position, such as when lying down or turning over in bed.

If you think that you suffer from BPPV, this article will help you understand more about the condition, its symptoms, and how it is treated. Find out more!


man suffering from BPPV. great northern physical therapyWhat Causes BPPV?

The most common cause of BPPV is debris that has become lodged in one of the semicircular canals of the inner ear. This debris, known as “otoconia,” is normally found in the utricle, a part of the inner ear responsible for detecting changes in gravity. Otoconia are calcium carbonate crystals that are normally too large to enter the semicircular canals. However, they can become dislodged and enter the canals when the head is moved suddenly, or trauma to the head occurs.

Most Common BPPV Symptoms

Many people with BPPV experience episodes of vertigo. Changes in their head position usually trigger these spinning sensations. For example, you may feel dizzy when you lie down or turn over in bed.

The most common BPPV symptoms include:

  • Dizziness

  • Vertigo

  • Loss of balance

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

  • Visual disturbances

Is There Any Treatment for BPPV?

The good news is that BPPV can be treated effectively with vestibular physical therapy. This therapy includes exercises that help to move the otoconia out of the semicircular canals and back into the utricle where they belong.

Most people who receive treatment for BPPV see a significant improvement in their symptoms within a few weeks. While BPPV can recur, it is usually not a chronic condition.

If you think you may be suffering from BPPV, talk to your doctor about getting a diagnosis and beginning treatment. With the help of vestibular physical therapy, you can get back to living your life without fear of dizzy spells.

Say Goodbye to Vestibular Disorders With Great Northern Physical Therapy!

At Great Northern Physical Therapy, our experienced therapists will help you overcome BPPV and other vestibular disorders. We offer a wide range of services, including vestibular rehabilitation, balance training, etc.

We are dedicated to helping our patients live their best lives free from dizziness and vertigo. Don’t let BPPV control your life; call us today to schedule a consultation!

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