Do you suffer from Dizziness? (Part One)

posted Nov 7, 2012, 1:22 PM by LASP Team   [ updated Nov 7, 2012, 1:26 PM ]

Do you suffer from Dizziness? There are many different causes of dizziness, some of which your Physiotherapist can help you with. Today we will cover Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV).

BPPV is an episode of sudden and severe vertigo which occurs when the head is quickly moved, for example rolling over or sitting up in bed, bending to pick up an object off the floor or hanging the washing on the line. The attacks are classically sudden and violent, typically last for about half a minute.

BPPV occurs when tiny crystals, normally found in the balance organ of your inner ear, dislodge and migrate into the semicircular canals (another part of your inner ear). 

Most often the cause of BPPV is unknown and can’t be found. However, there is evidence that BPPV can develop secondary to an inner ear disease (such as vestibular neuronitis, labyrinthitis or Ménière’s disease), and the likelihood of onset is known to increase with age. Head trauma can cause BPPV and there is also evidence to suggest that hormonal factors can affect BPPV, with a significant association between BPPV and osteopenia/osteoporosis having been found.

Generally, BPPV resolves by itself within six months or so. However if you would like the symptoms to resolve sooner, your Physiotherapist can use special manoeuvres designed to dislodge crystals and return them to their normal resting place. These manoeuvres boast a 95% per cent success rate and include The Epley manoeuvre and The Semont manoeuvre.  Your Physiotherapist can teach these to you if you need them.

BPPV is only one cause of Dizziness, but Physiotherapy is highly effective at treating this condition.

If you think you have BPPV or would like a Physiotherapist to determine the cause of your dizziness, please contact us on (02) 4647 3373.