Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo

As we age there are changes in all of our systems including our inner ear which affects our balance. Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, or more commonly referred to as BPPV, is the most common cause of vertigo. This type of vertigo is more common in women and the elderly population. BPPV is characterised by the following;

This is a mechanical disorder that occurs because small crystals (otoconia) become free flowing in the canals in your inner ear, causing your brain to give you the false sense that you are moving!

How can physiotherapy help me?

If your physiotherapist thinks that you have BPPV they will ask you a range of questions including;

Your physiotherapist will do a range of tests to check your eye movements and neck movements including a Dix-Hallpike test to determine if you have a nystagmus and what canal in your inner ear has the otoconia in them. From there they will be able to complete a manoeuvre called the Epley’s/Canalith repositioning manoeuvre. This manoeuvre will help to move the crystals out of the canal and stop you from feeling like you are spinning every time you move your head.

Your physiotherapist will also discuss and assess your falls risk to see if you would benefit from a falls prevention management plan as well.

So what can you do if you are dizzy?

See your physiotherapist for a thorough assessment and treatment of your condition. If you are dizzy and would like to have an assessment please contact Lifecare Homecare.