When you see the diagnosis of "dizziness" come through on your patient's referral, do you cringe or respond with enthusiasm? By the time the patient is referred to physical therapy, they have been through a battering of tests - all coming back negative. They are experiencing debilitating symptoms, and in the worst case scenarios, they are unable to work or live a fully normal life.
For some patients, their dizziness may be caused by Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV). BPPV causes brief, intense spells of spinning-type dizziness that is brought on by a change in head position. You can diagnose it on the spot by tracking your patient's eye movement. You can even offer your patient immediate relief by quickly and easily treating the BPPV in the office through repositioning maneuvers.
Watch as Bridget Kulick, physical therapist, shows you what to look for when diagnosing BPPV.
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