The Epley procedure is a type of movement or exercise that alleviates the symptoms of vertigo, particularly dizziness. It involves moving the head and neck around so that the inner ear can be reset. It can be used with Vertigo medication or in place of them. It is also an appropriate alternative for children or elderly people who suffer from the condition and are unable to take medication.
Why A Person May Need An Epley Procedure
The Epley procedure is designed for someone who suffers from vertigo and other inner ear disorders. Vertigo is a condition that causes dizzinessand feelings of being unbalanced. It is caused by inner ear disorders and can be treated with the Epley procedure and medications. Some common causes of Vertigo include:
- Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo
- Meniere's disease
- Vestibular neuritis or labyrinthitis
- Head or neck injury
- Brain problems
- Certain medications that cause ear damage
- Migraine headaches
Preparing For an Epley Procedure
The Epley procedure is not a serious procedure, and there are no preparations needed. Patients can do it at home on their own whenever they feel an episode of vertigo is coming on. Patients may want to inform a family member or friend if they are going to do the procedure in case they would fall or become injured in the process and need help.
During The Epley Procedure
The procedure can be done in a doctor’s office, clinic, or a patient’s own home. Many patients seek help with the procedure for the first few times they need it, then learn how to do it themselves. The procedure is non-invasive and is actually considered a maneuver. The person sits on the edge of the bed and then turns their head 45 degrees to the left.
The patient keeps his or her head at this angle and quickly falls back on the bed with a pillow under their shoulders. The patient then turns his or her head to the right without raising it and holds that position for 30 seconds. Next, the patient turns their head and body to the right, so they are looking at the floor. The patient then sits up but stays sitting on the bed for several minutes. The maneuver can be changed to the opposite sides if vertigo comes from the other ear.
Epley Procedure Recovery
The procedure is simple and noninvasive, so there is no recovery time. Patients may feel a little dizzy shortly after the procedure and should sit on the bed until the feeling goes away.
Epley Procedure Complications
There are some complications related to the Epley procedure. Patients may hurt their necks or back while trying to turn and maneuver into the right positions. They may also fall off the bed or pull a muscle in the process. In most cases, complications are rare and unlikely. It is a good idea to talk to a doctor before attempting the procedure to make sure they are healthy enough for it.
Epley Procedure Prognosis
The Epley procedure is successful for most people, but not for everyone. Some people are able to do it at home and see results while others may only see results if a doctor or nurse does the maneuver. Some people do not notice a difference after the procedure.