Ingalls Physical Therapy Helps Oak Forest Man Overcome Dizzy Spells

Vertigo is the false sensation that you or your surroundings are spinning, but Mark Carman from Oak Forest would not exactly use the word "false."

While at work in the fall of 2008, the 46-year-old was unable to walk straight, and felt extremely dizzy. "I could not snap out of it. When I walked, I kept rolling to the left," Mark recalls.

Symptoms of vertigo can be triggered by something as small as a change in the position of your head, such as lying down, turning over, or sitting up suddenly. When Mark woke up one morning and could not get out of bed, his wife called an ambulance that took him to Ingalls Memorial Hospital.

Mark's symptoms remained severe until doctors diagnosed his condition as BPP V, or Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo, and he began to undergo physical therapy at Ingalls Family Care Center in Flossmoor.

"Ron Rivera (physical therapist) put me through some positions," Mark explains, "and he did what they call a modified Epley's maneuver on me, and it completely took the dizziness away." The disorder can often be cured by the Epley's maneuver by redistributing the particles in the inner ear.

"One visit to Ron; that's all it took," Mark added. "He was absolutely amazing. I've never felt the dizziness again."

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