Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) is a common form of vertigo that causes brief episodes of mild to intense dizziness. It is rarely serious, but it is certainly troublesome.
The ear has three semicircular canals. In the canals are little hairs that move when the head moves, and these hairs send a message to the brain to help with balance. Little "crystals" move and change the movement of the hairs. This sends a false message to the brain, causing a sense of spinning or swaying.
Signs and symptoms of BPPV include:
- Nystagmus: Eyes that are "clicking" back and forth at a quick rate.
- Loss of balance: Feeling as if you are on a boat or swaying.
- Dizziness: Dizziness sensations when you change positions such as when rolling over in bed; tipping your head back at the salon; or turning your head when sitting, standing, or walking.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, TEAM Physical Therapy can help! We have staff specially trained in the treatment of BPPV and other vestibular disorders. Simple positioning maneuvers and exercises for your eyes can correct the placement of the "crystals."
Contact your nearest TEAM Physical Therapy office for help with BPPV today.