Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo is the most common form of vertigo.
This type of vertigo has two subtypes: traumatic and idiopathic.
The traumatic type most commonly occurs in response to a blow to your head.
The idiopathic type is the one that occurs spontaneously, with no definite cause, and is the type that sends people rushing to the emergency room in fear of a stroke.
A new study in the journal Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery has revealed a simple treatment that works for both of these subtypes.
They examined the medical charts of 1,378 people who visited a tertiary otology center between 2007 and 2017. All of them had been diagnosed with and treated for benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, while 8% of the group had suffered from the traumatic variant.
Surprisingly, there were no major differences between the two types (leading to the question on the need to categorize them).
The symptoms, the treatments, and the treatment outcomes were the same for both types, and primarily consisted of a series of head movements that moved the crystals that were out of the semicircular canals back to where they belonged.
Overall, 38% of the patients required more than one course of treatment, with symptoms reoccurring after the first session.
The treatment resolved the symptoms completely in 76% of the cases and showed significantly improved symptoms in the rest of them.
Yet, a more effective method for vertigo would be a set of easy head balance exercises you can do from the comfort of your own home. You can learn these simple vertigo and dizziness exercises here…