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YouTube videos can help treat vertigo

Posted by: Colleen Stoxen Updated: July 24, 2012 - 1:52 PM

For people with vertigo, watching certain videos on YouTube may help treat the condition, according to a new study.

Researchers reviewed more than 3,000 YouTube videos about vertigo treatments, and found 33 focused on the Epley maneuver, a technique aimed at preventing the dizziness that vertigo brings.

Of these videos, 64 percent accurately taught how to perform the maneuver, and therefore could be useful resources for people with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), which is caused by having free-floating particles trapped within a canal in the inner ear.

"This type of vertigo can be treated easily and quickly with a simple maneuver called the Epley maneuver, but too often, the maneuver isn't used," said study author Dr. Kevin Kerber, of the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor.

The Epley maneuver, which can be performed in a few minutes at the edge of a bed, requires a patient to make a few short, timed movements with their head, in order to get the free-floating particles out of the inner ear canal.

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