Got vertigo? A simple, noninvasive treatment may be what the doctor orders.

The most common cause of vertigo has a simple fix. Dizziness that’s triggered by changes in head movement, known as BPPV (short for benign paroxysmal positional vertigo), occurs when tiny calcium crystals get dislodged in the inner ear and drift, causing brief sensations of spinning. BPPV is more common in older adults but can occur at any age. First, make sure you know what you’re dealing with. For BPPV, a noninvasive treatment called the Epley maneuver can move calcium crystals back where they belong, resolving symptoms within minutes, but not all physicians are familiar with it. If your doctor is not familiar with the maneuver, you may want to ask for a referral to a neurologist, otolaryngologist, or physical therapist who can teach you how the Epley maneuver works so you can do it yourself at home.  

…“for dizziness that’s accompanied by neurological symptoms, like slurring speech, leg or arm weakness, facial droop, or double vision, you need an emergency room evaluation.” Erika Woodson, M.D.

Posted on September 8, 2016 and filed under fitness.