Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is one of the most common causes of vertigo.
It’s a sudden sensation that you’re spinning or that the inside of your head is spinning.
It causes brief episodes of mild to intense dizziness that can last as little as 10 seconds or for more than a few minutes. People who experience vertigo typically say it happens when they tip their head up or down, turn their head quickly, when they lie down, or when they turn over in bed or sit up in bed.
In addition to the spinning feeling, they often experience nausea, vomiting and get clammy or the sweats. A high percentage of patients often develop stress because they’re told by their primary medical doctor tells them there’s nothing that can be done for them. When in fact a simple eply’s maneuver can help them.
The mechanism of BPPV is simple, yet not fully understood. As you see in the picture, there’s a very small “crystal” that can become dislodged, fall into a canal and travel through the canal. As this crystal moves, it pushes the inner ear fluid past the receptor which tells your brain you’re moving or falling in the direction of the canal it is in.
Example- a crystal falls into the right posterior canal. When you move your head in to the right, tilt your head backward, or roll over in bed, you may experience dizziness that’s specific to the right side.
Although benign paroxysmal positional vertigo can be a bothersome problem, it’s rarely serious except when it increases the chance of falls. You can receive effective treatment for benign paroxysmal positional vertigo during your chiropractic neurologist’s appointment.
If you know anyone with dizziness or vertigo, have them schedule an appointment with our office to find out what type of vertigo or dizziness they have so we can begin their road to recovery. 480-756-2600