Daily exercise does not prevent recurrence of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo

Janet Odry Helminski*, Imke Janssen, Timothy Carl Hain

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Objective: The purpose of this study was to analyze if a daily routine of self-canalith repositioning procedure (CRP) will increase the time to recurrence and reduce the rate of recurrence of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). Study Design: Prospective study, nonrandomized control group. Setting: Outpatient clinic. Patients: Thirty-nine patients diagnosed with posterior canal BPPV successfully treated with the CRP. Based on a convenience sample, 17 (44%) patients were assigned to the treatment group, whereas 22 (56%) were assigned to the no-treatment group. The number of subjects lost at the time of follow-up were 5 (29.4%) of the treatment group and 2 (9%) of the notreatment group. Interventions: Patients assigned to the treatment group performed the self-CRP daily, whereas those assigned to the notreatment group performed no exercises. Patients were followed for up to 2 years. Main Outcome Measures: The main outcome measures were the rate of recurrence of BPPV and the time for BPPV to recur. Results: Of the 39 subjects, symptoms recurred in 16 (41%) of the total population, 6 (35%) of 17 of the treatment group, and 10 (46%) of 22 of the no-treatment group. There was no difference in the frequency of recurrence (Pearson W2; p = 0.522) or the time to recurrence (survival analysis; log-rank test; p = 0.242). Conclusion: Our results suggest that a daily routine of the self-CRP does not affect the time to recurrence and the rate of recurrence of posterior canal-BPPV.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)976-981
Number of pages6
JournalOtology and Neurotology
Issue number7
StatePublished - 2008


  • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo
  • Vertigo

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Sensory Systems
  • Clinical Neurology


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