Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo, BPPV, refers to when calcium carbonate crystals in the inner ear enter one or more semicircular canals. This disrupts the process the ear canal uses to sense head motion by sending false signals to the brain. This causes the common symptom of spinning that patients with vertigo experience. By being the most common cause of vertigo, it is important to see a physical therapist who has experience treating vestibular disorders.
Normally, the fluid in the semicircular canals are not affected by gravity. The crystals, however, move through gravitational force. This excites the nerve endings in the canal, causing it to tell the brain that the head is moving even if it isn’t. Due to the fact that the other ear is receiving the correct information, the spinning sensation associated with vertigo occurs. It is common for other conditions to be mistaken for BPPV; therefore, it is recommended that you see a physical therapist to make sure that you are properly diagnosed.
When looking for treatment for BPPV, it is imperative to look for a medical professional whose area of expertise is in vestibular disorders. With mechanical exercises being the most effective way to treat BPPV, a physical therapist will have the knowledge and expertise to help you recover. In order to ensure that they are using the treatment best suited for your condition, a physical therapist will first need to determine what type of BPPV you have. From there, you will start the recovery process.
If you are suffering from BPPV or another vestibular disorder, Advance Physical Therapy can help. With offices in Long Island and Queens, you can receive the care you deserve in a location that is convenient for you. For more information or if you have a question, send us a message on our website. We look forward to hearing from you!