Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)

What is BPPV and what are common symptoms?

BPPV is a condition that is often associated with head injuries in contact sports. BPPV causes symptoms of vertigo (the sensation that the room is spinning after a specific head movement even though your head is now stationary), nausea, loss of balance, and nystagmus (abnormal repetitive & uncontrolled movement of your eye). This condition develops due to crystals of calcium carbonate being dislodged deep within your inner ear.

Your inner ear is most responsible for your vestibular sense (where your head/body is positioned in space & eye/body responses to this position). When these crystals become dislodged from a direct impact to the head, they can move into one of the three semicircular canals and fire signals to the brain that you are still moving even though you may not be.

While BPPV can be extremely debilitating during an episode of vertigo, canalith repositioning movements (particular head positions) and specific home exercises that can be done will be described & walked through in future videos!

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