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Vertigo and Dizziness


Vertigo or more specifically Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) is a sudden sensation of spinning.

  • Benign: Of no danger to health, not life threatening
  • Paroxysmal: A sudden recurrence of symptoms
  • Positional: Related to different body positions
  • Vertigo: A sensation of spinning or whirling motion

Vertigo is caused by a problem in the inner ear.  Small “crystals” called otoliths that are usually suspended in gelatinous material inside the ear get loose, moving around in the ear canals and causing a sickening spinning feeling.

Excel Physical Therapists can easily diagnose and treat this dizzying condition.

After diagnosis, most people recover from BPPV with a simple but very specific head/neck maneuver. Our physical therapists will assist in various movements of your head through a series of positions. These repositioning treatments are designed to move the crystals from the semicircular canal back into the area in the inner ear.

By performing these exercises, most patients experience relief in if not one, but just a few short visits.


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