What Causes Dizziness?
One of the main causes of vertigo (or dizziness) is a condition known as Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV). Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) can be easy to treat by your Physiotherapist
What is Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)?
Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is a problem in the inner ear. It is repeated episodes of vertigo (spinning sensation) in certain positions of the head.
BPPV is thought to be due to debris which have collected within the inner ear. This debris are commonly called ear rocks or crystals.
These crystals of calcium carbonate are made in the “utricle”. The saccule contains crystals but they are normally not able to migrate into the canals. The utricle may have been damaged by head injury, infection or other disorder of the inner ear which allows these crystals out.
The symptoms of BPPV include dizziness or vertigo, lightheadedness, imbalance, and nausea.
A change of position of the head with respect to gravity is the main cause of symptoms. Rolling over in bed and tilting head upward are a common problems, thus the name “top-shelf” vertigo.
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) Treatment?
The common success rate is 75% after a single treatment and 90% after a second treatment.
Link to BPPV Patient Info