What Is Vertigo?

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is one of the most common causes of vertigo. The symptoms can be sudden sensation of the room spinning usually due to a change in head positions. This occurs when rolling over in bed or going from a laying down to seated position.

 

BPPV is one of the few conditions that physical therapy can lead to almost immediate relief. There are many causes of vertigo, but BPPV can be treated rather quickly. We perform what’s called the Epley maneuver to help loose crystal like rocks that are inside your ear canal return to their correct position.

 

Our inner ear contains otoliths which sit inside the ear canal and help our brain sense what is right side up or down. When these small structures become dislodged our ability to sense our position is lost and the room starts to spine. The Epley maneuver can help these otoliths return to their correct position and restoring the normal function. 

Dr. Tyler treating vertigo with patient
Image of ear and canals and how someone gets BPPV