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Home > Medical Services > Ear, Nose & Throat > Ear Care > Ear Disorders > Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) is one of the most common causes of dizziness. This type of dizziness is associated with a brief spinning sensation triggered by movements of the head or body. Some individuals may experience symptoms of BPPV when performing daily activities, including getting in or out of bed or bending forward to pick up an object.
Generally, BPPV cases can be corrected through repositioning maneuvers such as the Epley maneuver. Physical therapy is often essential in the resolution of BPPV. Physical therapists perform canalith repositioning treatments, habituation exercises and balance training that can help resolve the symptoms of BPPV.
Audiologists are also trained to assess and treat BPPV. In rare cases, repositioning exercises are unsuccessful in resolving the BPPV. At this point, surgery may be considered. The surgical procedure consists of using tissue to block the balance canal of the free-floating stones. This procedure is called a canal occlusion.