If you become dizzy or nauseous or the room feels like its spinning when you turn in bed or turn your head quickly to one side, the symptoms could be a result of BPPV—benign parosyxmal positional vertigo.
Vertigo itself is a symptom of BPPV in which a person feels as if they or the objects around them are moving when they actually are stationary. Other symptoms that go along with vertigo/BPPV are nausea, vomiting, sweating and difficulty walking.
BPPV can be caused by a traumatic head injury, but most commonly it is present in individuals between the ages of 50 and 70 with a sudden onset for no known reason. BPPV occurs when “calcified crystals” in your inner ear are moving around loosely. This creates the vertigo and other symptoms mentioned above.
Common findings with people who have BPPV are that when they turn over in bed to one side, lie flat on their back, get up or change positions quickly or turn their head to one side quickly, they feel like the room is spinning, which may lead to nausea and vomiting, as well as loss of balance.
Experiencing this condition can be alarming, it can impair your driving, cause you to fall and just make everyday life difficult to manage. So how do you get rid of it?
Actually, the best way to get rid of BPPV and the vertigo, etc., that is associated with it, is to see one of our highly trained physical therapists at Cardin and Miller Physical Therapy. Medications for BPPV are typically ineffective and only treat the symptoms, not the cause of the problem.
Not receiving the proper treatment as soon as possible can cause BPPV to become recurring and chronic. Often times, physical therapists can resolve your BPPV/vertigo in one to three treatments. The treatment for BPPV involves a specific set of positional maneuvers that are performed on you by your physical therapist in a specific order to realign the “crystals” in your inner ear.
In addition, when you come to Cardin and Miller Physical Therapy, you will receive a full evaluation to ensure that BPPV is the actual cause of your symptoms. There are other conditions that mimic BPPV that will not respond to BPPV treatment. If this is the case, we will refer you to the appropriate professional.
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