1. Dizziness is the most common reason adults over sixty visist their doctors.
2. One Very common form of dizziness is BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo). This is characterized by room spinning vertigo with positional changes which lasts < 1 minute. It is due to displaced calcium carbonate crystals in the inner ear and can occur after a viral infection, hitting your head or have an insidious onset. Many people are taken to the hospital after such an attack occurs and work ups such as MRI and cardiac is all normal.
3.Peak performance has specialized equipment and the Frenzel goggles video system which accurately evaluates BPPV. It is a five minute non invasive test done by a skilled certified vestibular PT.
4. The epley maneuver or a modified version of epley’s maneuver is done in the clinic and involves a gentle maneuver to the neck and head where the PT moves the crystals out of the semi circular canals in the inner ear. The treatments takes five minutes and follow up treatment and evaluation is done at the next visit during the week.
5.High success rate after one manuever (85%) with complete resolution of BPPV. Some patients require several maneuvers and a successful outcome is acheived in over 95% of patients reporting resolution of all symptoms.
This post was written by Peak Performance Physical Therapist, Robin Evans, DPT, with an Emory Certification Specializing in the Treatment of Vestibular and Balance Impairments.