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BPPV/Vertigo and Physical Therapy

Vertigo can be described as the sensation of spinning (internal or external) while you are stationary. Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is the most common cause of vertigo due to a disorder of the inner ear, and it is characterized by repeated episodes of positional vertigo.​ Physical therapy is often prescribed to individuals with a vertigo or BPPV diagnosis. Recent studies have been conducted to evaluate the long-term effectiveness of vestibular rehabilitation in patients with BPPV, or vertigo, and the rate of recurrence of symptoms. Various studies have concluded that physical therapy can be very beneficial in the treatment of vertigo related to BPPV, and does have the ability to resolve vertigo symptoms as well as decrease recurrences.​ Our physical therapists at All Care are experienced with the evaluation and treatment of these conditions and would love to evaluate you today!

References: 1. Rodrigues DL, Ledesma ALL, de Oliveira CAP, Bahamad Júnior F. Physical Therapy for Posterior and Horizontal Canal Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo: Long-term Effect and Recurrence: A Systematic Review. ​Int Arch Otorhinolaryngol​. 2018;22(4):455–459. doi:10.1055/s-0037-1604345

2. Bhattacharyya N, Gubbels SP, Schwartz SR, et al. Clinical Practice Guideline: Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (Update). ​Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg​. 2017;156(3_suppl):S1–S47. doi:10.1177/0194599816689667

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