Do you get dizzy? Does the room spin when you stand up? Or when you turn your head quickly? You may feel unsteady on your feet? If you havn’t suffered from vertigo yourself, I’m sure you know someone who has. It’s much more common that what you think!
You may be suffering from a condition called BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo). Most commonly this condition affects those aged 50-70. Often it can occur for no apparent reason. In some cases however it occurs from degeneration of the vestibular system, following head or neck injury, or post virus. BPPV is rare in children but can occur.
What is BPPV
The inner ear is made up of fluid-filled canals, called the utricle and saccule. These are responsible for our balance. The utricle and saccule contain tiny calcium crystals that help to maintain our balance and orientation. BPPV is a condition that occurs when these crystals dislodge themselves, throwing out our balance and orientation system, and producing the sensation of dizziness.
Whilst there is not one main cause of patellofemoral pain, is has been associated Symptoms most commonly include dizziness, spinning sensation, nausea, vomiting and visual disturbances. Symptoms are usually triggered by simple head movements or position changes, such as getting out of bed or looking up and down. These triggers however can vary from person to person
Physiotherapists can complete a series of assessment techniques to determine if BPPV may be the cause of your dizziness. Along with this, they will obtain a detailed history of your condition and health to determine the best course of action in managing your condition.
Once diagnosed, a physiotherapist will complete specific manoeuvres and repositioning techniques to help guide the crystals into their usual position in the utricle and saccule. Usually you will need to continue these techniques at home several times a day for a few days or until symptoms resolve. Treatment of BPPV when done correctly can be very effective, usually in a short space of time.
It is important to note that there can be many causes of vertigo and dizziness, with BPPV being just one. If you suffer from dizziness and vertigo it is important to see a health professional for a full assessment to determine the nature and cause of your condition.
At Seville Health, our physiotherapists and osteopaths are both able to diagnose and treat BBPV effectively. Don’t put up with dizziness any longer!