Things to Know About Vertigo and BPPV

Things to Know About Vertigo and BPPV

December 5, 2019

Every year, more than 300,000 people are diagnosed with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo in Brampton and throughout the rest of Canada. These sufferers of BPPV are members of a growing group of Canadians. Though BPPV is the most common form of vertigo, roughly 1.5 million people in Canada suffer from complications due to vertigo. Still, however, vertigo of every type remains something of a medical mystery.

As a result, the extent to which vertigo can hinder someone’s daily function and negatively impact their life is often downplayed or outright ignored.

What is vertigo?

Canadian astronaut (and vertigo sufferer) Chris Hadfield once described the affliction as the sensation that “your eye and inner ear are telling you different things.” For most people, that sensation results in a sense that the world is spinning endlessly around them.

In addition to dizziness, vertigo can cause several other issues for sufferers. Nausea and vomiting are common, for example. If untreated, however, any type of vertigo can lead to severe problems with anxiety or depression.

Causes of vertigo

There are myriad causes for vertigo symptoms, including sudden trauma or as a side effect of medication. Different types of vertigo can also arise as a symptom of more severe disease.

More often than not, however, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo is idiopathic. That is, BPPV pops up of its own accord. It’s the affliction, not a side effect of it.

Physiotherapy can help

There are several different approaches to vertigo management in Brampton. Sometimes medication or surgery can prove helpful. However, the most commonly applied (and most often successful) treatment for vertigo, especially BPPV, is physical therapy and exercise.

There are certain maneuvers patients can do that help relieve the dizziness and nausea associated with the ailment.

A misunderstood ailment

Due to the mysterious nature of the causes and complications of vertigo, the disorder can often go misdiagnosed or even overlooked. By virtue of a doctor’s incompetence or a patient’s inability to adequately describe their symptoms (or maybe a little of both), it’s not uncommon to attempt to treat vertigo with medication that either does nothing or, in some cases, makes the issues worse.

That’s why, if you’re experiencing symptoms that may be related to benign paroxysmal positional vertigo in Brampton, it’s critical to find the perfect team to treat your disorder.

There is a solution

In some cases, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo in Brampton may go away on its own. For those who would prefer not to roll the dice on BPPV, there is help. The highly-trained and courteous staff at Paramount Physiotherapy & Sports Injuries Clinic can help patients suffering from vertigo, including BPPV.

Using a cutting-edge mixture of treatments designed to provide personalized care, our team will help get you back on your feet. In addition to our renowned physiotherapy, we offer acupuncture, massage therapy, sports therapy, rehab for accidents and surgery and so much more. From the moment you walk through our doors, you’ll notice the difference.

Call us today to schedule an appointment. We can’t wait to help you feel better!

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