FAQ: Why Do I Get Dizzy When I Look Up?

FAQ: Why Do I Get Dizzy When I Look Up?

Today we are going to answer a question that I frequently hear (FAQ) from my patients which is, “Why do I get dizzy when I look up?” The answer to that question is that dizziness with looking up – or what we call “Top Shelf Vertigo”...
Recurrence of BPPV Symptoms: How Will I Know if it Comes Back?

Recurrence of BPPV Symptoms: How Will I Know if it Comes Back?

Anytime that I treat a patient for BPPV, I always educate them on the possibility that BPPV symptoms could recur in the future. Of course, I also encourage them to contact me right away so they don’t get the run around, develop a fear of falling or experience...
Can Anyone Help with the Room Spinning Before I Get Hurt Again?

Can Anyone Help with the Room Spinning Before I Get Hurt Again?

A woman I just spoke to on the phone was referred to my physical therapy specialty practice because she has experienced the “room spinning” and has been seriously injured by two recent falls in the last six months. Luckily, person who referred her to me is aware of...
FAQ: Will My Dizziness Ever Go Away?

FAQ: Will My Dizziness Ever Go Away?

Today we are going to answer the frequently asked question (FAQ) that I often hear from people which is, “Will my dizziness ever go away?” The answer that I tell everyone that I meet is that I am confident that we can reduce, if not completely eliminate, their...
Advocacy to Improve Quality of Life

Advocacy to Improve Quality of Life

About five years ago, I accepted a one-year travel position as a full-time physical therapist working in Home Health on the Monterey Peninsula and I had a chance to teach a brand new full-time caregiver about patient advocacy. My very first case was a patient who had...
Is BPPV Always on the Side you Sleep on?

Is BPPV Always on the Side you Sleep on?

After his examination and treatment, one of my patients asked me very inquisitively, “Is BPPV always on the side you sleep on?”   I thought the question was excellent so I want to share with you my reply. Here is what I said: ‘Acute BPPV is frequently on the same side...

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