Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo or BPPV – What’s That?

Does rolling over in bed give you the spins?

Does tilting your head, looking up, or looking underneath your body make you feel like you are going to vomit?

If you have these symptoms and they last just a short time, like 30 seconds, you may have Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. BPPV, for short, means that the vertigo is not harmful, only lasts a short while, and is position dependent.

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo is a disorder caused by problems in the inner ear. It’s symptoms include positional vertigo or a spinning sensation caused by changes in the position of your head. It usually only lasts seconds or minutes, and may also make you feel nauseous. It can also be a symptom of a recent head trauma or injury, like falling or being in a car accident.

What can you do about it? You can do nothing and see if the symptoms go away.  You can wait to have your physician see you.

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You can call a physical therapist in Oakland today and get this problem solved. If it is determined to be BPPV, your physical therapist can treat you the same day and BPPV usually resolves in 1 to 3 visits.   You will be instructed in how to treat your symptoms at home, on your own, with 1 or 2  follow up visits if the symptoms do not resolve completely.

If you suspect you have BPPV and live in Oakland, Piedmont, Alameda, Berkeley, San Francisco or the surrounding communities, call our office today to schedule your appointment.

Pro+Kinetix Physical Therapy & Performance specializes in helping active individuals in Oakland, Alameda, Berkeley, Walnut Creek, and San Francisco get back to exercising and working out pain free without having to take time off or relying on injections/pain medication. Pro+Kinetix offers physical therapy and performance services to all populations, with specialties in Sports Rehabilitation, Active Release Techniques, and Manual Therapy Techniques plus Personal and Small Group Training, Sport Clinics and Wellness Services.

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Dr. Ben Bagge

Pro+Kinetix Physical Therapy & Performance

"We Help Active Adults & Athletes Get Back To Workouts and Sports They Enjoy without surgery, stopping activities they love, or relying on pain medicine."
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