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Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo or BPPV – What’s That?

Dr. Arnan Sisson, PT/ October 12, 2022

Does rolling over in bed give you the spins?

Does tilting your head, looking up, or looking underneath your body make you feel like you’re going to throw up?

If you have these symptoms and they last just a short time, like 30 seconds, you may have Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. BPPV, for short, means that the vertigo you have is not necessarily harmful, only lasts a short while, and is position dependent.

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo is a disorder caused by problems in the inner ear. Its symptoms include positional vertigo or a spinning sensation caused by changes in the position of your head. It usually only lasts seconds or minutes, and may also make you feel nauseous. It can also be a symptom of a recent head trauma or injury, like falling or being in a car accident.

What can you do about it? You can do nothing and see if the symptoms go away.  You can wait to have your physician see you.


You can call a physical therapist in the Northern Neck today and get this problem solved. If it is determined to be BPPV, your physical therapist can treat you the same day and BPPV usually resolves in 1 to 3 visits.  

After talking to our specialists you’ll have manual treatments done by our team, you’ll be instructed on how to treat your symptoms at home, and given 1 or 2  follow up visits if the symptoms do not resolve completely that day.

If you suspect you have BPPV and live in Montross, Warsaw, Tappahanock, Colonial Beach, King George or the surrounding communities, call our office today to schedule your appointment.