Vertigo / BPPV

Vertigo / BPPV 2018-10-16T22:16:48+00:00
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) refers to innocuous bouts of random dizziness resulting from positional changes in the head, which are the consequence of dysfunction in the vestibular system located within the inner ear.
Contained within this system are three fluid filled semi-circular canals (embedded deep in the skull) designed for the purpose of detecting 3-dimensional head movement and communicating this information to the brain. This system is vital in ensuring we know where our head is in space.
It is possible for the vestibular system to become acutely dysfunctional, resulting in a person experiencing dizziness and difficulty in determining what is up, down, around etc. Fortunately, this dysfunction can be treated by physiotherapy – the system can be desensitised and restored to normal function – and patients can experience a resolution in their symptoms.

Vertigo can have multiple causes. Many types are not amenable to physiotherapy intervention. However, BPPV specifically, and cervicogenic vertigo (dizziness driven by the neck) are two types of vertigo that lend themselves well to physiotherapy. If you suffer from dizziness that you think may fall into one of these two categories, then your MDP physiotherapist will be able to assess, diagnose and treat your condition. In the event we believe your vertigo to be the consequence of something else we will happily refer you to your GP for further investigation.