Vertigo can be a frightening experience, conjuring fears of falling, worries about possible stroke, and can also be significantly limiting in the ability to perform your normal daily activities.
There are some very serious medical issues that can cause vertigo but most cases involve a less severe issue involving the inner ear referred to as benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV).
BPPV may occur for no reason at all, but is more common after a head trauma such as a car accident or a fall, or prolonged head-tilt, as one might experience at the dentist or hairdresser. It is more common in women than men, in middle and advanced age.
BPPV occurs when small fragments of calcium carbonate crystals called otoliths dislodge from the inner ear into the semicircular canals, affecting the flow of the fluid. Subsequently, as you change head positions these floating fragments can bring on a vertigo.
There are steps you can take to manage the dizziness associated with BPPV.
Whenever you feel dizzy, take a seat. Sitting down during a dizzy spell can help you avoid falling.
Also, learn what triggers your episodes. Preventing symptoms of vertigo with BPPV can be as simple as avoiding certain positions that trigger it such as, getting up from a laying position or a sudden quick head movement.
If we suspect you have BPPV we will perform a few tests to confirm and rule out other causes. We will align the cervical spine and do a series of positioning maneuvers, referred to as a modified Epley maneuver, to return the crystals back into the appropriate portion of the ear canal where they will no longer cause symptoms. Studies show an 80-100% success rate in eliminating symptoms with one or more treatments using this maneuver.
If you or someone you know suffers with this give us call! We can help!