Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is a condition characterised by episodes of sudden and severe vertigo (dizziness) when your head is moved around. Common triggers of your vertigo or dizziness include rolling over in bed, getting out of bed, and lifting your head to look up.
BPPV tends to come and go for no apparent reason. An affected person may have attacks of vertigo for a few weeks, then a period of time with no dizziness symptoms at all.
BPPV is caused by particles within the balance organ of your inner ear. Usually, BPPV affects only one ear
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Some of the important causes of vestibular ear rock migration are:
- Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)
- Inflammation in the inner ear
- Meniere’s disease
- Vestibular migraine
- Acoustic neuroma
- Brain Hemorrhage
- Multiple Scierosis
The prime conditions of dizziness are:
- Drop in blood pressure (orthostatic hypotension)
- Inadequate output of blood from the heart.
- Inner ear (vestibular) problems
- Sensory disorders
- Joint and muscle problems
- Neurological conditions
- Anxiety disorders
- Low iron levels (anemia)
- Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
- Ear infections
- Overheating and dehydration
What is the Treatment for Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo?
‘Ear Rock’ Relocation Techniques
After assessing, you and confirming BPPV, your BPPV trained physiotherapist will apply specific techniques to relocate the “ear rocks” to an area in the inner ear that doesn’t stimulate your feelings of dizziness or vertigo.
How Successful is BPPV Treatment?
When BPPV techniques are performed correctly, reduction of your vertigo, dizziness and other symptoms of BPPV is immediate in 80% or more of cases. Quality BPPV practitioners have a 90%+ success rate within three applications of the techniques.
Other BPPV Treatment Options?
Due to BPPV being caused by the physical presence of ear rocks within your vestibular canal, only relocation of these ear rocks will clear your symptoms. You may find some drugs can help you mask your BPPV symptoms by diminishing your sensitivity your vestibular symptoms. They work in a similar fashion to sea sickness medications. Please discuss this medicated option with your doctor.