Vertigo Case Study: BPPV and the Epley’s Manoeuvre

To further clarify what Vertigo and Vestibular issues feel like, we asked a recent Vestibular Rehab patient what their experience was like. Their response:

 

“It was horrendous. I got off a plane, and then out of nowhere had this dizzy/sick feeling. The only way I can describe it was that it was like I was constantly walking slightly unsteadily. The worst part, though, was that every time I tried to walk I’d vomit violently. I had no idea what was wrong with me, and thought it was really weird when someone said it might be vertigo as I’d always associated that with a fear of heights.

Out of desperation I went to the physio not expecting it to work, but literally within two minutes of having my head and neck rolled around, I was as goo as new. It was amazing!

The only positive out of the whole experience, is that if it ever happens again I will be able to identify it immediately and go to the physio to get it fixed straight away.”

 

Unfortunately, this BPPV-style vertigo is a common issue we see in our clinic, but, fortunately, it can often be fixed quickly as highlighted by this patient’s story above.¬†One of the techniques used by Dave (and our other vestibular-trained physios) to combat BPPV-style vertigo is the Epley’s Manoeuvre. This manoeuvre is designed to move otoconia (calcium carbonate crystals) out of the small canals in your inner ear to a place where they normally sit and cause no trouble.

 

 

For the full interview with Dave, click here.

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