BPPV or Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo is a disorder in the inner ear that causes a sensation of moving when the body is really not moving. It is a benign condition that comes on suddenly and is affected by positional changes of the head.
The inner ear is a delicate structure that sits in the head. It is part of the vestibular system, which is responsible for balance. There are calcium carbonate crystals called otoconia that can dislodge in the inner ear and migrate into the semicircular canals of the inner ear. When the crystals are found to be out of place, they cause a miscommunication between the ear and the brain that cause the individual to feel nauseous, dizzy or unsteady during positional changes.
ActiveCare Physical Therapy can evaluate and treat BPPV. Your therapist will diagnose where the crystals have moved and determine which structure is involved. Treatment depends on the structure and involves specific head positioning postures that ‘walk the crystals’ back to where they should exist. Multiple treatments can be done in one session. Symptom resolution can be done in one visit but sometimes takes several visits. Clients are relieved when they realize it is an inner ear problem. Our clients are ecstatic that the treatment will fix it quickly with the proper assessment.
**Dr. Karena Wu is the ACPT specialist in the treatment of BPPV. Clients can be seen in the clinic. If the client is unable to move due to the symptoms, Dr. Wu offers home visits for treatment.