Vertigo/Vestibular/BPPV

Vertigo:  A style of Dizziness that causes the sensation of motion, usually spinning that can be caused by dysfunction of the central nervous system or the peripheral nervous system.

BPPV – Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo:  One of the most common causes of vertigo (the sensation of either you or the room in motion).  It is caused when small calcium crystals called otoconia become dislodged from a sac like area in the inner ear (utricle), into a sensitive tub area (semicircular canal).

               Symptoms include:
– Dizziness
– Sensation of spinning of either yourself or your environment
– Unsteadiness
– Feeling of unsteadiness or feeling like you are floating
– Loss of balance
– Nausea / vomiting
– Blurred vision
– Fatigue

Common motions that provoke symptoms:
– Looking/reaching up or down
– Rolling over in bed
– Getting out of bed

Treatment:
– Involves movements to DEP_9744-56
provoke symptoms and then
relocate the dislodged
otoconial debris.
– The move common treatment
for BPPV is the Epley
Maneuver
– Other treatments involve
Vestibular Rehabilitation

Vestibular Rehabilitation:  Involves specific exercises usually involving head movements that are symptom specific in order to retrain and stimulate the vestibular system.  Jackie Day, DPT, NCS of our clinic on Fairgrounds Road, Mary McGee, DPT of our clinic in the Canyons Athletic Club, Chris Anderson, DPT of our Corvallis location, Lauren Hasquet, DPT, CAFS of our Corvallis and Stevensville locations, and Shannon Calenberg, DPT of our Stevensville location are all available to assist anyone in need of vestibular rehabilitation.

 

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