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Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)

WHO?
Adults
Elderly

WHAT?

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) is a disorder of the inner ear which causes dizziness, vertigo and nausea with changes of head position.

WHEN?
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) is caused by dislodgement of calcium carbonate crystals (otoliths) from the utricle of the inner ear and migration of these to the semicircular canals where they cause disruption of normal fluid movement.

HOW?
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) may occur for no reason at all or may be associated with a traumatic event (such as motor vehicle accident), infection or disease within the inner ear.

MANAGEMENT?
Your Move Forward Physiotherapist will assess your inner ear (via the Dix-Hallpike test) to confirm your diagnosis. They will then use the results of assessment to guide your treatment.

Treatment of Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) will involve:
– Mechanical correction via The Epley Manouver

As well as self-treatment including:
– Avoiding aggravating head positions
– Altered sleeping position
– Mechanical correction exercises (Modified Epley’s)

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