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“BPPV is one of the conditions that vestibular therapy can help,”says Kris McCarthy, PT

Kris McCarthy is Clinical Director of Bacharach Physical Therapy in Brigantine. Kris says she usually see about 5 patients each year who have a condition called BPPV – benign paroxysmal positional vertigo.  This year, she has 6 patients just since re-opening in May.

“People with BPPV just wake up one morning and the world is spinning.  I tell patients there are 3 loops in the ear that work like a roller coaster.  One is for bending forward, one for side to side motion, and one for angled motions.  The crystals in the loops have to move with you and when they get stuck, the body may say you rolled over and the brain says no, you didn’t and the result is dizziness and nausea.”

“It may only take one or two treatments to shake the crystal loose.  When the patient has vertigo, you rule this out first before moving on to other potential conditions.”

What kinds of patients is Kris seeing lately?

“Since re-opening in May, we first had patients back who were on hold for a while.  Now we are just starting to see people with post-surgical conditions, as the hospitals have begun to perform elective procedures.”

The staff at sunny, beautiful Brigantine would like welcome you for any and all of your physical therapy needs.


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