Dizziness From Inner Ear

Also Known As Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo, BPPV

What is BPPV?

It is a type of dizziness caused by disturbance in our inner ear.  It is one of the most common causes of dizziness in adults, and often respond to physiotherapy treatment well.

However, there are many conditions that can mimic BPPV, such as cervicogenic dizziness, brainstem injury and neck artery injury.

What are the symptoms of BPPV?
  • Dizziness
  • Vertigo or a spinning sensation
  • Loss of Balance
  • Nausea
  • Lightheaded
  • Jerky eye movements (also known as nystagmus)
What causes BPPV?

There are a few little canals sitting in our inner year and form part of our balance system.  They give information about head movement through space.  In BPPV, little ear crystals get dislodged and fall into the wrong parts of the canals, giving inaccurate information about head movement.  This results in dizziness.

The dizziness is usually aggravated by head moments, such as rolling over in bed or getting up from bed.

The crystals could be dislodged by head trauma, sudden head movements or related to ageing process.

How can we help?
  • Comprehensive head-to-toe assessment to find out the causes of your discomfort and all related contributing factors
  • Specific BPPV tests to identify which little canals the ear crystals are dislodged to
  • 100% Hands-on treatment to help reposition crystal back to the canal and address any mobility issues related to nerves, muscles and joints
  • An individualized home exercise program is prescribed to enable self-management
What happens if you leave it untreated?

Generally, the longer you have had the injury, the longer it will take to recover.  Most of the time, you may assume things will get better by themselves with enough rest.  But this is rarely the case, especially if your pain or other symptoms are stopping you from doing what you normally able to do.  So, take action and get back doing what you love as soon as possible.

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