Vertigo (BPPV)

Vertigo (BPPV)

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), or more simply known as Vertigo, can be identified by episodes of imbalance and dizziness brought about by a change in head or body position. BPPV can be a debilitating, horrible sensation that prevents affected individuals from carrying out their daily activities. This is why the physiotherapists at Forefront Physiotherapy Geelong have completed additional vestibular training to assist with associated symptoms of BPPV.

Symptoms of BPPV include:

  • Dizziness
  • Head spins
  • Light headedness
  • Blurred vision
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Imbalance - difficulty weight bearing or “feeling unsteady on your feet”

BPPV occurs when tiny calcium crystal particles, called Otoconia, collect within the inner ear. These crystals prevent the normal movement of fluid within the inner ear causing unfamiliar stimulation of nerves when you rotate or move your head. The brain therefore receives mixed messages of your body position.

There are various factors that can cause BPPV including:

  • Head or ear injury
  • Degeneration of the inner ear structures
  • Ear surgery
  • Viral and sinus infections of the inner ear
  • Meniere's disease

At Forefront Physiotherapy Geelong specific manoeuvres are performed that aim to dislodge the Octonia within the inner ear to restore normal fluid movement. BPPV can also be treated along with preventive medications prescribed by your doctor.