Department of Physiotherapy, Cork University Hospital, Cork, Ireland | [b]
Department of Occupational Therapy, Cork University Hospital, Cork, Ireland
Corresponding author: Louise Martin, Department of Physiotherapy, Cork University Hospital, Cork, Ireland. E-mail: [email protected].
Abstract: BACKGROUND:Head trauma can cause secondary benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). BPPV is a common peripheral condition which can lead to significant morbidity, psychosocial impact and increased medical costs . CASE DESCRIPTION:A patient post fall with an associated head trauma presented to the emergency department with severe vertigo, nausea, and decreased mobility. The patient was assessed and treated by a vestibular trained physiotherapist. The patient was treated with one Epley repositioning manoeuvre and had complete resolution of symptoms and was discharged home the same day. CONCLUSION:BPPV can be successfully identified and treated by vestibular trained physiotherapists in the emergency department. Early access to vestibular trained physiotherapy in the emergency department resulted in diagnosis and evidence-based treatment of BPPV which prevented hospital admission and improved this patient’s outcome. The patient had complete resolution of symptoms post the repositioning manoeuvre and was discharged to home.
Keywords: BPPV, vestibular physiotherapy, emergency department, case study