July 21, 2017 @ 12:00am

Have you noticed that you or the world seems to spin for a few seconds when you roll over in bed, bend forward, or lay down but then goes away once you hold still?  If so, you might be experiencing Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo, BPPV.  It is a long name for a common vestibular system disorder located in the inner ear. We all have small calcium carbonate crystals, or “rocks,” in our inner ears, but sometimes they get dislodged and move into one or more of the semicircular canals where they don’t belong. When this happens, you get BPPV.


What does BPPV stand for? http://www.dshealthcare.com/sites/dshealthcare.com/assets/images/Blog/BPPV.jpg

  1. It’s called Benign because it’s not life threatening.
  2. Paroxysmal because it comes on quickly and then lets up when you hold still.
  3. Positional because symptoms are brought on by specific movements or positions of the head and body (such as rolling in bed, lying down, or bending over).
  4. Vertigo because it causes a spinning sensation. The vertigo usually lasts less than a minute each time, but it can be intense enough to cause severe imbalance, disorientation, and nausea.

BPPV can sometimes go away on its own over a period of weeks to months, but you don’t have to wait because BPPV is easily diagnosed and treated. Here at Divine Savior Healthcare, we have Physical Therapists that have specialty vestibular training and can perform simple movement-based treatment procedures to effectively treat BPPV. Treatment for this diagnosis is very successful and for many can resolve completely within one or two treatment sessions.  If you or a loved one suffers from this type of vertigo, there is hope! Please contact your referring provider to see if you are appropriate for a Physical Therapy referral.

Learn more about Physical Therapy services at Divine Savior Healthcare at: http://www.dshealthcare.com/physical_therapy 

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