Physical therapy can help treat Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo, commonly known as vertigo.
Some common symptoms of vertigo are:
- Sense that the room is spinning with/without nausea
- Vertigo can be provoked by body/head movements or change in position
Sometimes crystals located in the vestibule of your inner ear can dislodge and “float” along in one of the three semi-circular canals that attach to your ear’s vestibule.
Normally, there shouldn’t be anything but fluid in these canals.
When a foreign body appears, it may provide abnormal movement of the fluid. This sends a confusing signal to your brain regarding movement.
When this occurs, you will feel as if the room is spinning, yet there is no movement of your body.
Our physical therapist will be able to evaluate your symptoms and locate which canal and side is affected of the inner ear.
What to Expect
Treatment includes specific therapist-guided head movements while you lay on the examination table.
The movements are dictated by which canal of the ear is affected.
The goal of the movements is to re-position the “floating” inner ear crystals back into the vestibule from the canal that is affected.