By Karolina Stetsyuk, PT, DPT, Board Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist
Have you experienced periods of dizziness or sensation of the room spinning? Have you been told you have vertigo or BPPV?
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) is an inner ear disorder where small crystals of calcium carbonate break loose and fall into another area within the balance canals. This causes short periods of vertigo and imbalance that are associated with a change in head position with respect to gravity.
Symptoms most commonly occur when lying down, turning over in bed, looking up or bending over, and can include feeling like the world is moving (even if you are still), nausea/vomiting, sweating, and abnormal eye movements.
These feelings and symptoms are distressing to say the least, but you don’t have to live with them. Physical Therapy can help! An exam can help determine which canal the crystals are in and the PT will perform a repositioning maneuver to put them back into their original spot.
Research shows that the repositioning maneuver works 80-90% of the time on the first visit if performed 2+ times by the therapist. However, up to 20% of patients require follow-up visits for successful resolution.
If you, or someone you know has been experiencing BPPV, vertigo, or dizziness, please know that you don’t need to suffer any longer. Schedule an appointment to see Dr. Karolina Stetsyuk (Kozlova), PT, DPT, Board Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist, or Dr. Lauren Fournier, PT DPT, Vestibular Therapist today. Call 603.644.8334 or go online to request an appointment today!