Balance Problems

Frequently Asked Questions

17. What treatments are available for benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)?

In benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, or BPPV, small calcium particles in the inner ear become displaced, causing dizziness. A doctor or otolaryngologist can treat BPPV by carefully moving the head and torso to dislodge these particles.

An NIDCD-supported clinical trial in BPPV showed that repositioning maneuvers work well, and offered clinicians a range of choices in selecting the treatment best suited to each individual’s unique needs.