A Physiotherapy Cure for most Patients in a SINGLE Treatment
BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo) is one of the most common causes of dizziness affecting up to 50% of patients over the age of 70. The bio-mechanical condition is caused by the dislodgement of calcium carbonate crystals into the region of the inner ear with the sensory organs, triggering vertigo. Physiotherapy can be remarkably effective in treating BPPV and assessments are available in our physiotherapy practices.
Physiotherapist perform non-invasive tests such as the Hallpike confirm a BPPV diagnosis and determine which ear is affected. The type of nystagmus (involuntary eye movements) observed will also identify which canal is involved.
The dizziness resulting from BPPV can be dramatically relieved by specialist techniques performed by a skilled physiotherapist that use the forces of gravity to reposition the displays calcium carbonate crystals to where they no longer disturb the sensory areas of the particular canals of the balance organs.
Standard physiotherapy treatment uses the repositioning manoeuvre – the Epley or Canalith – to move the crystals out of the semi-circular canal. The Semont or Liberatory manoeuvres are performed for a particular type of BPPV.
Once the primary cause is addressed, physiotherapy treatment can involve a targeted exercise program to reduce patient’s vertiginous in response to certain positional changes such as bending forward and looking up. Targeted balance training may be offered to patients with any residual balance defects. Brandt Daroff exercises are frequently prescribed for patient self-management.
Other inner ear disorders for which vestibular rehabilitation can offer improved outcomes include: vestibular neuronitis / labyrinthists; acoustic neuroma (post-op); oto-toxicity; movement-induced dizziness and Meniere’s disease.
Vestibular rehabilitation can help address of this vestibular system disorders and restore the best use of the remaining vestibular function by teaching unaffected balance mechanisms to take over the function or teaching other parts of the body to compensate. Let our highly skilled professionals be part of the treatment plan for your BPPV.
Dizziness is one of the most common complaints patients take to the doctor and occurs more frequently as people age. Physiotherapist have the skills to perform highly specialised techniques which can cure majority of patients suffering BPPV in a single treatment.