Navigation Links
YouTube Videos Might Help Ease Form of Vertigo
Date:7/23/2012

MONDAY, July 23 (HealthDay News) -- Videos posted on YouTube might come to the rescue of people suffering from a common cause of vertigo, a new study shows.

Vertigo is the sensation that everything around you is moving or spinning, even though you're stationary.

This study looked at benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), an inner ear disorder that is a common cause of this type of dizziness. It often goes untreated by doctors even though it's easily and quickly remedied with a simple technique called the Epley maneuver.

BPPV occurs when loose calcium carbonate crystals move into the sensing tubes of the inner ear. The maneuver uses gravity to move the calcium crystals out of the sensing tube and into another inner chamber of the ear, where they do not cause symptoms.

U.S. 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.

"It was good to see that the video with the most hits was the one developed by the American Academy of Neurology when it published its guideline recommending the use of the Epley maneuver in 2008 and then posted on YouTube by a lay person," study author Dr. Kevin Kerber, of the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor, said in a journal news release.

"But it was also good that the majority of the videos demonstrated the maneuver accurately," he added.

The researchers also found that some comments accompanying the videos show that health care providers are using the videos as a prescribed treatment for BPPV or to help patients learn the Epley maneuver.

"One shortcoming of the videos was that they did not include information on how to diagnose BPPV, and some of the comments indicate that people who do not have BPPV may be trying these maneuvers because of dizziness from other causes," Kerber said. "Despite this, we found it encouraging to think that YouTube could be used to disseminate information about this maneuver and educate more people about how to treat this disorder."

Another expert agreed that a physician's diagnosis is key.

"The Epley Maneuver is, indeed, an effective treatment for BPPV [and] a 'do-it-yourself' video may increase the number of patients treated, " said Dr. Ronald Kanner, chair of neurology at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, N.Y. and North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, NY.

But he added that, "for a procedure to be effective, the diagnosis needs to be made correctly and the treatment applied appropriately. While the authors helpfully describe what is likely to become a significant trend, we must exercise caution in self-diagnosis and self-treatment. Furthermore, patients may experience extreme dizziness, following the procedure and it should not be done without a watchful eye to protect the patient."

More information

The American Academy of Family Physicians has more about benign paroxysmal positional vertigo.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCES: Ronald Kanner, M.D, chair, neurology, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New Hyde Park, NY, and North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, NY; Neurology, news release, July 23, 2012


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Nurses need to counteract negative stereotypes of the profession in top YouTube hits
2. Sexual objectification of female artists in music videos exists regardless of race, MU study finds
3. Animated characters keep it real in teen violence prevention videos
4. Study finds that patient education videos viewed before an operation may benefit patients
5. USA Payday Forever Announces New Payday Loan Training Videos For Customers
6. CustomerCentric Selling® Unveils New Client Testimonial Videos to Showcase Significant Sales Success
7. New Stool Test Might Aid in Early Detection of Colon Cancer
8. Depo-Provera Birth Control Might Raise Breast Cancer Risk
9. Brain Falters Near End of Life, but Games, Puzzles Might Slow Decline
10. Infection Might Raise Blood Clot Risk for Older Adults: Study
11. Anxiety Might Help People Sniff Out Threats
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
YouTube Videos Might Help Ease Form of Vertigo
(Date:4/29/2016)... , ... April 29, 2016 , ... ... by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) that it has received ... is the first accreditation of three residency programs that Memorial is currently pursuing, ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... April 29, 2016 , ... ... of our nation’s productivity, stability, even security. Most importantly, employees are the single ... Then why are American workers so unhappy? , Just under half of American ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... , ... Coast Dental Fort Stewart is celebrating its grand opening with an ... Furniture Mall at 112 Vilseck Road in Fort Stewart. There will be refreshments, giveaways, ... have the opportunity to meet general dentists Thomas Richards, DDS, and Josh Faulk, DMD, ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... 29, 2016 , ... Mobility Designed is redefining mobility with their patent ... M+D Crutch evenly distributes body weight from the elbow to the forearm. In ... crutches than with other crutches. , Co-founders Max and Liliana Younger were inspired to ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... ... Dr. Robert Mondavi, one of the dentists in Torrance , is ... field as more patients are discovering the many different ways they can change and ... available to them and which ones might work for their smiles. , “One ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/29/2016)... , April 29, 2016 ... Life Sciences, Product Development Capabilities in ... Customer Base . Indegene ( ... announced the acquisition of Skura Corporation,s life science ... in adaptive sales enablement technology for life science ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... 28, 2016   Click here for supplemental ... (NYSE: DPLO), the nation,s largest independent specialty pharmacy, ... agreement to acquire Valley Campus Pharmacy, Inc., doing ... leading specialty pharmacy that provides individualized patient care, ... . In 2015, TNH generated approximately $400 million ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... Dr. ... und Stephen Schmidt werden Teil ... ein führender Anbieter cloudbasierter Softwarelösungen für den ... neue Führungskräfte zum Team Sicherheit und Pharmakovigilanz ... Erfahrungen mitbringen.  Dies wird die Geschäftseinheit Sicherheit ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: