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

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 are going to vomit?
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 is not harmful, only lasts a short while, and is position dependent.

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo is a disorder caused by problems in the inner ear. It’s 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 Greensboro 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.   You will be instructed in how to treat your symptoms at home, on your own, with 1 or 2  follow up visits if the symptoms do not resolve completely.

If you suspect you have BPPV and live in Greensboro, High Point, Winston-Salem, Asheboro, Elon, Kernersville, Reidsville or the surrounding communities, call our office today to schedule your appointment.

About The Author

Aaron LeBauer

Dr. Aaron LeBauer is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and Business Coach to 1,000's of healthcare entrepreneurs. He owns LeBauer Physical Therapy, LLC, with his wife Andra, in Greensboro, N.C. He has been helping active people stay fit, active, healthy and recover from injuries without needing more pain medications, injections or surgery since 1999.

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