YouTube Videos of Vertigo Treatment Mostly Accurate

Video demonstrations of a common maneuver for managing benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) are readily available on YouTube, and most are accurate depictions of the treatment, according to a new study.

The study, published in the July 24 issue of Neurology, shows that 64% of 33 videos had correct information on how to perform the Epley maneuver, with most of the other videos having only minor deviations from the accepted approach, said lead author Kevin A. Kerber, MD, assistant professor of neurology at the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor.

A relatively common condition, BPPV is caused by freely moving particles called canaliths that are trapped in the semicircular canal of the inner ear. A main symptom of BPPV is transient, positionally triggered dizziness. [Read more…]