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The Epley Maneuver

Benign Positional Vertigo (BPV) — the name is a mouthful, but it conveys a lot of information. A mild, if very annoying condition, BPV is truly benign. The symptoms are brief and intermittent, and they are invariably triggered by a change in head position. And the main symptom is true vertigo.

BPV is the most common form of vertigo. It can strike people of all ages, but it typically targets those over 50. In BPV, dizziness is triggered by head motions such as turning over in bed, getting in or out of bed, bending over or straightening up, or craning the neck to look up. The vertigo may be severe, but it is short-lived, usually resolving in 15 seconds or less.

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