Sunday, August 5, 2012

Vertigo can be treated with simple head movements, no medicine.

The Washington Post (7/24) reports that although "vertigo can be frightening and lead to nausea, vomiting, headaches and other symptoms," the "solution is more simple than you might think." Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, a common type of vertigo which occurs more frequently with age, can "usually be treated with simple head movements," known as the Epley maneuver, "that can be done in a physician's office or at home." The Post notes that "your primary-care doctor or a vestibular therapist can show you how to perform this simple treatment."
        Maneuver can be found on YouTube. HealthDay (7/24) adds that there are videos posted on YouTube teaching the Epley naneuver. They write, "US researchers found that accurate video demonstrations of the maneuver are readily available on YouTube, according to the study in the July 24 issue of the journal Neurology."
        MedPage Today (7/24) reports that just two-third of the videos "accurately depicted the Epley maneuver," according to the study. WebMD (7/24) and Medscape (7/24) also reported on the study.

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