Identifying the Symptoms of Vertigo
Have you experienced dizziness, lightheadedness, nausea and loss of balance while you were moving your head? Do you experience dizziness when you roll over on your bed or straightening up after you have bent over? Do you experience vertigo when you attempt to reach something high? If you answered yes to those questions, then you may be suffering from benign paroxysmal positional vertigo also known as Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV).
Many people with BBBV feel as though they are tilting, swaying or spinning even when they are not moving. Other symptoms may include nystagmus, or uncontrolled eye moments, vomiting and nausea. BPPV may go away on its own, but it can cause many problems. People who have BPPV are more prone to on-the-job accidents, car accidents and falls. They may also have trouble completing daily tasks.
Who’s Prone to Get Vertigo?
BPPV is the most common type of vertigo. It is more common in women and people who are over the age of 60. In fact, it is estimated that 50 percent of people who are over the age of 60 have BPPV. BPPV occurs when calcium crystals inside the ear dislodge and float into the semicircular ear canal. There are many things that can dislodge the crystals, including an infection, head injury, disorder of the inner ear and vascular injury. In some cases, the causes of BPPV are not known.
Vertigo and Physical Therapy
After a physician has diagnosed BPPV, they can refer a person to a physical therapist. Some people are able to get BPPV resolved with just one or two treatments. The physical therapist will examine the patient in order to determine what positional changes cause vertigo, whether a person has balance problems or other medical problems that require treatment. Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy is the most common treatment that physical therapists use for BPPV treatment. It involves using a series of body, eye and hand maneuvers. These exercises help retrain and stimulate the vascular system.