What Is Viral Vertigo?
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by Dr. Kim Bell, DPT
10h ago
Viral vertigo is one of the most common causes of vertigo, after BPPV. Any active virus in the body can cause vertigo, if it affects the inner ear. If hearing is not affected, then viral vertigo is called vestibular neuritis. When hearing is affected, then viral vertigo is called vestibular labyrinthitis. Causes of Viral Vertigo Herpes Herpes can cause viral vertigo directly if the herpes virus affects the inner ear. The herpes virus is one of the most common causes of viral vertigo from vestibular neuritis. Vestibular neuritis is theorized to be a virus or inflammation attacking the inner ea ..read more
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What Is Horizontal Canal BPPV?
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by Dr. Kim Bell, DPT
3w ago
Horizontal canal BPPV is more common than researchers originally thought. This type of BPPV is more common in children than adults and more common after head trauma in patients of any age. Patients with a certain subtype of horizontal canal BPPV more commonly have to go to the emergency room due to the severe intensity of their vertigo symptoms. I have personally experienced horizontal canal BPPV about five times in my life. In comparison to posterior and anterior canal BPPV, I have noticed more severe nausea with onset and more disequilibrium with walking. What Position is Used to Assess for ..read more
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Can Your Posture Cause Dizziness?
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by Dr. Kim Bell, DPT
1M ago
Many patients I have worked with seem to have forward head posture and dizziness. In this article, I will discuss possible links between posture problems and dizziness, and what to do. What is Normal Posture? Normal posture is when your vertebrae stack like a column. Within that vertical spinal column, there are natural spinal curves that you can see from a side view. With a normal posture, your head should stack directly on top of the spinal column. Your ear lobe should be directly above your shoulder joint when you are sitting up or standing up straight. What to Do About Posture Problems an ..read more
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Why Do I Feel I Dizzy at Night?
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by Dr. Kim Bell, DPT
3M ago
Some people feel dizzy at night. In this blog, I will discuss seven possible reasons for dizziness that is worse at night and what to do. Possible Reasons for Dizziness at Night Reason 1: Low Blood Sugar If you skipped meals during the day, you may have low blood sugar at night. Low blood sugar can cause you to feel dizzy and lightheaded at the end of the day. What to Do About Low Blood Sugar You should avoid skipping meals during the day. Even if you are busy at work, you must at least have a snack. Avoid sugary breakfast and snack foods as they can cause a rebound dip in blood sugar later i ..read more
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The Connection Between Vertigo and Teeth?
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by Dr. Kim Bell, DPT
3M ago
Since I have been specializing in treating patients with dizziness and vertigo, I have observed an interesting connection between vertigo and teeth. I have seen multiple patients who experienced vertigo symptoms during daily dental hygiene, at the dentist office, and after oral surgery. Below is some interesting information that I have learned about the connection between vertigo and teeth. Dental Hygiene Can Cause Vertigo for Some People Recently I have seen two new patients who told me that dental hygiene was causing their vertigo symptoms. One patient was feeling a whirling sensation when ..read more
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BPPV Complications: Seven Examples
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by Dr. Kim Bell, DPT
5M ago
BPPV complications can and sometimes do occur during BPPV treatment. The possibility of BPPV complications is the main reason why I do not recommend that people to attempt to treat themselves for BPPV. If anyone experiences a BPPV complication, I think it is best for a professional to be there to reassess and adjust the BPPV treatment plan as needed on the spot. The symptoms might change in a different way than expected. The nystagmus might even switch directions in the middle of a BPPV treatment session. In this article, I will cover seven examples of BPPV complications. Bilateral BPPV Patie ..read more
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Recurrent BPPV: 3 Frequently Asked Questions
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by Dr. Kim Bell, DPT
6M ago
I hear the same questions about recurrent BPPV from a lot of people. In this blog, I will cover three frequently asked questions (FAQs) about recurrent BPPV. For each answer, I also included links to check out research that helps to further explain my answers to these frequently asked questions. I typically define recurrent BPPV as a new onset of BPPV that occurs at least one week after the previous episode of BPPV has been successfully treated. Learn more about BPPV FAQ #1:  What can I do to prevent recurrent BPPV? BPPV treatment has a high rate of success. Yet there is also a fairly ..read more
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Can You Have Dizziness After A Concussion?
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by Dr. Kim Bell, DPT
7M ago
I do see a fair number of patients who have dizziness after a concussion. However, I do not specialize in mTBI (mild traumatic brain injury) or concussion rehab. In this blog, I’ll talk more about dizziness after concussion and what might need to be addressed for a full recovery. Spontaneous Recovery Occurs within Two Weeks The most common complaint after sustaining a concussion is headaches. Dizziness is the second most common complaint after a concussion. Dizziness and severe headaches started for me in first grade after sustaining a major concussion with loss of consciousness. Dizziness af ..read more
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Insurance Based Healthcare Frustrations
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by Dr. Kim Bell, DPT
8M ago
In conversations with two of my patients recently, a similar theme has come up that I wanted to share with you because I believe it is a result of America’s current healthcare crisis and the dysfunctional economics of our third-party payer insurance based healthcare. Comment #1 The first comment I heard from a patient during one of our sessions was: “No one good takes my insurance anymore. I realized that if I want people to actually spend time with me for a comprehensive session and get deeply involved in my case, I have to pay out-of-pocket for that type of high-quality healthcare. I don’t ..read more
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Navigating the Healthcare System
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by Dr. Kim Bell, DPT
9M ago
Today, I went to a doctor’s appointment for my own health issues. I want to share with you my own experience navigating the healthcare system as a patient. My Own Experience as a Patient As you may know, I have a number of ongoing health issues that I’m dealing with on a regular basis. My goal is to minimize any recurrence of symptoms of dizziness or vertigo, or pain, and optimize my wellness. Today I went to a specialized medical provider who accepts my health insurance. This referral was made by my primary care provider. This blog is about my experience navigating the healthcare system to r ..read more
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