Does vertigo go away on its own?


In some cases, vertigo can come and go on its own! Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, better known as BPPV, is a common vestibular disorder.

Patients who have BPPV have recurrent episodes of vertigo lasting a minute or less produced by changes in the head position relative to gravity.

90% of patients with BPPV have posterior canal involved.

For the posterior canal, BPPV may present with spontaneous remission within 2 to 6 weeks.

Therefore, the good news is that vertigo can go away on its own in some cases!

However, treatment by a physical therapist plays an important role in shortening the duration of symptoms and eliminating positive Dix-Hallpike tests.

A physical therapist will ask you about the type of symptoms you have and what makes the symptoms better or worse.

A clinical examination proceeds with ruling out other conditions that mimic dizziness and rule in a peripheral cause of your symptoms.

With that said, there are many reasons why your symptoms may not go away on its own.These include,

  • Age
  • If you have had neck / head trauma
  • You may not actually have posterior canal vertigo
  • You may need restrictions in moving and/or positioning your body

Therefore, if you are suffering from vertigo and it is NOT going away on its own, we can help.

We use infrared goggle technology to determine which canal(s) are involved in your symptoms.

This then provides us the correct information to provide you with the correct treatment.

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