Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
BPPV Is the most common reason for vertigo symptoms.
BPPV essentially occurs when the otoconia (Crystals) are dislodged and move freely within the semi-circular canals of the inner ear.
Common causes of BPPV include:
Degeneration of the inner ear due to ageing
Motor vehicle accidents
Inner ear diseases
Keeping your head in a sustained position for prolonged periods of time.
The first step in vestibular physiotherapy is to conduct an accurate assessment to determine which ear canal has been affected.
After the physiotherapist has identified the problem, they will take you through a series of head movements to reposition the dislodged crystals to where they belong.
After treatment, the physiotherapist will give instructions on what movements to avoid and you will likely be reviewed within a few days to confirm the effectiveness of treatment.
This condition can be usually resolve in as little as 2-3 sessions.