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VERTIGO Physical Therapy and the Treatment of
Vertigo, the sensation that your surroundings are spinning, affects millions of people in the United States every year. Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) is the most common type of episodic vertigo. It is treatable by a physical therapist and can be quickly resolved. BPPV is a common inner-ear problem affecting the vestibular system, which is used to maintain balance. There is a layer of calcium carbonate crystals in your inner ear that stimulate nerve endings and tell your brain where your body is in space. This material can break off and move to another part of the inner ear, the semicircular canals. When the head moves in different positions, these crystals can cause vertigo.
It is most common to experience dizziness associated with BPPV when looking up or rolling over in bed. A physical therapist is trained to evaluate this type of dizziness and can perform specific head maneuvers to help the crystals move out of the semicircular canals. Special goggles can be used to visualize eye movement which can help direct treatment. Most often with BPPV, symptoms can resolve completely within 1-3 sessions. If you experience this type of dizziness, ask your physician for a referral to physical therapy for evaluation and treatment of BPPV. - Lesley Turner PT, DPT
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