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What is Vertigo?

Updated: Aug 16, 2023

Contributed by Tara Pandiscia, PT, DPT

What is Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)?

  • Benign – not life-threatening

  • Paroxysmal – sudden, brief spells

  • Positional – triggered by certain head positions or movements

  • Vertigo – a false sense of spinning or rotational movement

BPPV is one of the most common causes of acute vertigo. These episodes of sudden, intense dizziness that occur with head movements or position changes, such as rolling over in bed or bending over to tie your shoes, are caused by dislodged canalith particles (“crystals”) moving around in the semicircular canals of your inner ears. When these particles are floating around, your vestibular system is getting false information about your movement and as a result, you feel dizzy. The good news is that BPPV is often easily treated with Canalith Repositioning Maneuvers, such as the Epley maneuver, in as little as 1-2 visits! The maneuvers involve positioning your head and body in a series of movements that work to reposition the canalith out of the semicircular canal and back where it is supposed to be.

Dr. Tara Pandiscia, PT, DPT is trained in positional testing and treatment to quickly resolve the symptoms of BPPV. If you have vertigo, don’t just mask the symptoms with medication, schedule an appointment at our Virginia Beach studio for a PT evaluation and stop the spinning!


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