Have you ever experienced vertigo? It’s the sensation of spinning, moving, or being off balance, even when you’re still. Vertigo symptoms can range in severity from hardly noticeable to extreme, but, when they strike, our experienced ENTs can help you achieve relief.
Types of Vertigo
There are multiple types of vertigo, each with different causes. The most common type is benign paroxysmal positional vertigo or BPPV. It develops when crystals in the ear break and move from a specific area of the inner ear into the semicircular canal. The semicircular canal is another part of the inner ear, but when the crystals become attached to it, you may experience various symptoms, such as:
- Sudden vertigo attacks with rapid head motion (typically on one side)
- Dizziness or motion sickness
- Balance problems
BPPV typically doesn’t cause pain or hearing loss.
Another, less common type of vertigo is central vertigo, which typically stems from a problem in the brain.
Potential Causes of BPPV
Several common medical conditions, including cardiovascular disease, migraine, and diabetes can cause BPPV. Mild head trauma or inner ear disorders, including vestibular neuritis and labyrinthitis, can also trigger this type of vertigo.
Treatments for BPPV
BPPV is often successfully treated with repositioning maneuvers, which encourage the crystals to return to their proper location in the inner ear. There are many different maneuvers, and our trained team can determine which is the best option for you. However, the Epley Maneuver is the most common, and one treatment is effective in around 80% of BBV cases.
You can also try at-home maneuvers for vertigo, like the Semont Maneuver. Make sure to have a friend or family member present while you perform the maneuver for the first few times:
- Semont Maneuver (for the right ear, reverse for the left ear):
- Sit on the edge of your bed. Turn your head 45 degrees to the left.
- Quickly lie down on your right side. Feet off the floor. Knees bent. Stay there for 30 seconds.
- Quickly move to lie down on your left side for 30 seconds. Don’t change the direction of your head. Keep it at a 45-degree angle; your face will be pointing down toward the floor.
- Return slowly to a sitting position and wait a few minutes.
Try this maneuver once a day until you go 24 hours without vertigo symptoms.
If you’re struggling with vertigo, schedule an appointment at ENT Associates today!