Positional Vertigo or BPPV is the most common causes of vertigo. It is an inner-ear disorder that causes a sense of spinning, also called vertigo; nausea or imbalance when the head is put into certain positions, lasting only seconds, up to a minute. It can occur at any age but is more commonly seen in older individuals.
The most common positions that reproduce vertigo in BPPV are bending forward, reaching and looking up, lying down and rolling in bed.
Positional Vertigo most often occurs spontaneously, but can also occur after a viral inner ear infection, or post-trauma, such as after a fall, post-concussion, post Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA).
Our Individualized Treatment for BPPV vertigo:
- The most common treatment for BPPV is a repositioning manoeuvre. It returns the debris to its originating space where the body can absorb it in a few days.
- This is not a cure, but a treatment. BPPV may recur in a few months, a few years, or it may never recur.
- You do not need to restrict your positions or movements after treatment, except in cases where there is an increased recurrence rate (10% or less of patients with BPPV).
Patients often have significant improvement within the first session, with some patients requiring more than 1-2 sessions. Cases of traumatic onset can have a higher recurrence rate and may require additional sessions.
Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT)
We can provide Vestibular Rehabilitation for individuals who have suffered from vertigo.
Vestibular Rehabilitation is well established as the gold standard for the management of non-compensated vestibulopathy. Vestibulopathies often occur after the acute onset of an inner ear condition or vestibular migraine.
- An acute episode of vertigo lasting 30 minutes or more
- Vertigo, or a sense of spinning with movements
- Motion intolerance
- Sense of blurred vision or trouble reading with head movement
- The feeling that the eyes need shock absorbers.
- Possible hearing loss in some instances
- Imbalance or disequilibrium
- Staggering or veering with walking
Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT) provided at our clinic will need to be supplemented with daily home exercises to gain the maximum results and optimal outcomes.
VRT programs can take as little as a few weeks but can take significantly longer depending on each individual case, health history, home program and symptoms.
We strive to provide the most current treatment forms to aid you in regaining function after suffering from vertigo.
Your assessment may take from 45-60 minutes, with follow-up appointments last 30-45 minutes.
Looking for vertigo & vestibular rehabilitation in Richmond, BC?
If you suffer from vertigo, our experienced team at Richmond Blundell Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic can help. We specialize in treating positional vertigo and vestibulopathies. Give us a call or get in touch through our contact form to book an appointment today.