What is dizziness?

Dizziness is a condition in which the patient’s ability to orient him or herself in space is altered. This condition can lead to symptoms of vertigo (spinning or abnormal sense of motion), imbalance, or sense of lightheadedness. This can occur as a result of inner ear, brain or a combination of these and other disorders. Dr. Lieberman will work with you to determine the best possible solution for your balance problems.

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is the most common cause of vertigo or dizziness. Symptoms consist of brief episodes of spinning, lasting less than 30 seconds, that occur when an individual lies down in bed, sits up from bed, rolls over in bed or tilts the head forward or backward.

How is benign paroxysmal positional vertigo diagnosed?

If the condition is not resolving spontaneously, treatment can include a procedure called an Epley maneuver to reposition the otoliths within the inner ear. The calcium deposits are repositioned in the inner ear through a series of head movements. This allows the otoliths to settle into an inert position in the inner ear. Occasionally the Epley maneuver may need to be repeated in order to be fully effective.

Although BPPV is a benign condition, other types of vertigo can represent more serious underlying inner ear or neurological conditions. All vertigo should be evaluated by Dr. Lieberman to differentiate between benign and more serious causes of dizziness.

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