First and foremost, if you suspect (or know that you have) BPPV, then it’s worthwhile to find a vestibular specialist and get it treated as soon as possible. Delays in diagnosis and treatment of BPPV can cost you more money and cause significant changes in the quality of your life and those around you. The following stats from the American Academy of Otolaryngology point to why it makes sense to resolve BPPV as soon as possible.
Over 85% of people with BPPV will drastically change their daily activities and lose days of work as a result of their symptoms.
6% will quit their jobs as a result of untreated BPPV.
Nationwide BPPV diagnosis costs an average of $2,000 because more than 65% of people will go through unnecessary diagnostic testing and treatments resulting in healthcare costs approaching $2 billion per year!
The fourth, and perhaps the most important reason to get BPPV resolved, is that BPPV is the most treatable of all the balance disorders. Trained vestibular specialists have upwards of 80% success rate at treating and resolving BPPV through specialized head maneuvers that allow for an accurate diagnosis of BPPV and an efficient return to your life. Vestibular Specialists know how to help you return to your regular activities (including work) without excessive medications or unnecessary testing. This minimizes time and cost while educating you on the impact BPPV can have on your safety, the potential for it to return, and how vital follow-up is after the treatment maneuver. Ultimately, though, it’s important to not let BPPV dictate your every lifestyle change. It’s quite common for people with BPPV to lean on avoidance behaviors in order to avoid symptom flare-ups. When you reinforce avoidance behaviors, you risk weakening your body’s balance system over the long-term. As we started this article, BPPV is highly treatable and you don’t need to live with those symptoms. If you or someone you know has BPPV, please give us a call at (310) 954-2207 or schedule an appointment with one of our balance specialists. The Dizzy & Vertigo Institute specializes in bringing dizzy patients back to an asymptomatic life. We’re located in Los Angeles, California and have options for you if you live in another state. We look forward to hearing from you!