Vertigo: Turns your world upside down!
What is Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo?
Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), or “loose crystals,” is a very common cause of vertigo due to a mechanical change in the inner ear.
When crystals become dislodged and travel into one of the semicircular canals, it disrupts the fluid and creates a false sense of movement.
Studies have shown that 2 to 3 percent of the population is at risk for loose crystals.
Not all forms of vertigo come from BPPV, but it can be diagnosed and treated. A physical therapist can determine if you have BPPV.
It works by allowing the free-floating particles from the affected semicircular canal to be relocated by gravity back into place, resolving vertigo approximately 90-95 percent of the time.
Once BPPV is resolved through appropriate treatment, patients will follow up with balance training tailored for inner-ear problems, ensuring a safe recovery.