Understanding Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
Benign paroxysmal positional Vertigo (BPPV) is a common condition that affects about 1 in 4 people at some point in their life. When it strikes, it can cause a person to feel dizzy and disoriented — symptoms similar to those of a more serious disorder called vestibular neuronitis.
However, BPPV is not considered a serious disorder, nor does it lead to permanent damage or death. Instead, it’s usually benign and can be treated easily with over-the-counter medications or simple lifestyle adjustments.
At Wolke chiropractic center, our doctors treat patients with Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo by offering non-surgical care, including targeted exercises and lifestyle changes.
- We first diagnose the condition
- Establish the underlying cause
- Then administer respective chiropractic practice
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Causes of BPPV
Benign paroxysmal positional Vertigo (BPPV) is a common cause of Vertigo. The vestibular system is responsible for balance and motion sensors. The inner ear contains two semicircular canals, or utricles, connected to the cochlea through the utricle-cochlear ducts.
These canals help us keep our balance by sending information about the head movement to the brain via nerves from the ear. When you move your head, these canals move too. But if an infection or another condition causes fluid blockages in this system, it will result in dizziness symptoms of Vertigo.
The main causes of BPPV include:
Trauma can cause Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. The most common type of trauma is a blow to the head. Other types of traumas include falls, car accidents, and sports injuries.
- Neurological disorders
BPPV is also sometimes caused by neurological disorders. This can include brain tumors and other tumors in the brainstem or cerebellum, where the nerves that control balance originate.
- Vestibular neuronitis
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo may be caused by vestibular neuronitis, which occurs when bacteria enter the inner ear through an ear canal and cause inflammation or infection. In some cases, this condition is caused by a virus that invades the inner ear through an infected ear canal.
- Congenital causes
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo can also result from congenital abnormalities such as malformed semicircular canals or utricle and saccule (the two petals of the utricle). These malformations affect nerve responses to sound and position sense.
- Meniere’s Disease
This disease affects the inner ear and results in dizziness, tinnitus, and hearing loss. It occurs when fluid flows in and around the ear.
Chiropractic Diagnosis of BPPV
The chiropractic diagnosis of BPPV is based on the patient’s history, physical examination, and results of an imaging test that measures brainstem function.
The chiropractor will first determine if any injuries are present in the neck or spine. If they are not, they will perform a thorough history to determine what might have caused the person to develop BPPV. This can include information about any head trauma or other injuries before the onset of symptoms.
After conducting a physical exam, the chiropractor may recommend an imaging test such as an MRI or CT scan to see if there are any signs of injury in the brainstem. These tests are more likely to be effective for patients involved in car accidents or sports-related injuries because they provide more detailed information about potential causes and locations of injury.
Chiropractic Treatment of Vertigo
Chiropractic care helps clear out nerve interference in the spine, which leads to dizziness and imbalance. However, if you have meningitis, you may need antibiotics while receiving chiropractic treatment to clear out infection in your body’s natural defenses against the disease.
Wolke Chiropractic Center Can Help Treat Your Condition
Are you suffering from BPPV, Vertigo, or any other chronic condition? Worry not. Wolke Chiropractic Center can help treat your condition with chiropractic care and holistic healing techniques. Our chiropractor based in North Haledon, NJ will work on correcting any underlying problems that may have caused this condition or prevent its recurrence in the future. Contact us today.