Posted: 17th September 2018
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Vertigo is a common concern, particularly with age. It is a term used to describe the sensation of movement that isn’t really happening (e.g. the room is spinning, head is spinning). This can be a nauseating and debilitating experience. Vertigo can also cause unsteadiness and loss of balance, which is a major risk factor in falls.
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) is the most common cause of vertigo, where vertigo is triggered with head movement. BPPV is treatable through physiotherapy. This is because the condition is caused by the displacement of otoconia (small crystals in the inner ear) into the ear canals, and certain sequences of movements can reposition the crystals back into the correct position.
It is very common for BPPV to have no attributable cause, and can be a result of degenerative age-related changes in the inner-ear. Trauma and head injury, as well as infection, can result in BPPV.
Vertigo has a number of other causes, including:
A physiotherapist from Generation Physio will perform a thorough examination to determine the cause of vertigo, before treating the condition appropriately. BPPV treatment involves a series of physical maneouvres to reposition the crystals, which your physiotherapist will guide you through, taking into account your abilities and any other considerations which can impact on the exercises. In most cases, with appropriate advice, education and space to perform the maneouvres, your physiotherapist will advise how you can perform these exercises yourself, and independently manage your BPPV.