Sporadic severe vertigo usually related to head positioning. Benign means the vertigo is not the sign of a disease process. In most cases of BPPV a person will complain of dizziness after quick or rapid head movements, such as getting into bed, rolling over, bending over, tilting head to shave and leaning backward.

BPPV occurs because otoconia (crystals) in the inner ear become displaced. BPPV will not resolve itself and this condition should not be treated by Dr. Google. In most cases home remedies cause this condition to worsen because there are 3 canals the otoconia can be displaced in. Seeking a specialist trained in BPPV is the best care to prevent long term dizziness. Medical management is usually quick and easy. However, your provider will need to determine which canal the otoconia is in and which maneuver is best for that canal.

Our clinic specializes in BPPV and other vertigo utilizing the latest research and continuing education provided by University of Pittsburgh.


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