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Video for Vertigo

Video for Vertigo

People who suffer from vertigo often feel desperate. If the problem is benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, the world seems to spin any time they move their heads. It is extremely uncomfortable, even disorienting. BPPV is caused when calcium crystals in the inner ear get out of position. Medication is not helpful for BPPV, but it can be treated with a manipulation known as the Epley maneuver.

Those who have had the Epley maneuver done in an audiologist’s office may want to learn how to do it at home. Many search the web for videos on how to accomplish this. Researchers from the University of Michigan found that 65% of the Epley maneuver videos available on YouTube presented the procedure accurately. Altogether, the videos have accumulated 2.8 million views. The most popular is one that was developed by the American Academy of Neurology. The scientists say they’ll need to do more research to see if the videos are being used appropriately by people who have been diagnosed with BPPV. The Epley maneuver is not helpful to treat dizziness from other causes.

[Neurology, July 24, 2012]

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About the Author
Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies. .
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