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Benign Positional Vertigo: What Is It and How Physical Therapy in Cheyenne, WY Can Help

August 3, 2016

Many people associate physical therapy with injuries from an accident or playing sports—but that is not the case! Cheyenne, WY physical therapy can assist with much more that you may not have considered. One of those areas is benign positional vertigo. You may not even realize you have this issue! There is hope! The good news is—if you have it, relief is possible to improve the quality of your life.
  • What is Benign Positional Vertigo (BPV)?: BPV is one of the most common types of vertigo, according to the Mayo Clinic. This condition creates the feeling that you or your head feels like it is suddenly spinning. The Mayo Clinic explains those with this condition may experience brief episodes of mild to intense dizziness and occurs after specific positions of your head. For some it is so minor and manageable, but for others, it can be so negatively impactful to lead to an increase chance of falling down.
  • Symptoms: BPV has a variety of symptoms. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) explains those with BVP experience a spinning feeling, either that the person is spinning or everything else is spinning around you. Other symptoms include balance loss, nausea and vomiting, hearing loss and vision issues. One of the top reasons for this “spinning sensation” is usually triggered by certain head movements that you may do without realizing it.  These can start suddenly and last for a few seconds or minutes. Rolling over while in bed or tilting your head up also can cause this sensation.
  • Causes: The Mayo Clinic says BPV often occurs with people who have experienced a minor to sever blow to the head but in rare cases, have occurred with people that may have undergone surgery or a long dental visit with prolonged positioning of the back. Migraines are also associated with those who suffer from BPV.  
  • When to Seek Care: If you experience dizziness or vertigo that you can’t explain for over a week, talk to your doctor. Also, while rare, the Mayo Clinic explains dizziness can be a sign of a serious illness. If you experience dizziness and an unusual or severe headache, fever, double or loss of vision, hearing loss, trouble with speaking, weakness in a leg or arm, loss of consciousnesses, falling or issue walking or numbness and tingling, it is best to seek care as soon as possible.
  • Physical Therapy: Physical therapy may be recommended to help with BPV to create relief for those that suffer with this condition. Cheyenne, WY physical therapy will use responsive techniques and maneuvers to help you overcome your BPV. This may include a series of head positions repeated over and over.

If you suffer from BPV, North Platte Physical Therapy can help! We are your go-to premier physical therapy office and specialize in helping patients with BPV.  We will help you learn a self-management home program and educate you on the biomechanics. Learn more about our other neurological services and let us help you overcome your BPV. We have multiple locations in Wyoming so you can find your local North Platte location. Find our list of locations and phone numbers and give us a call to get started!