|Positional Vertigo app||By Prof. Dr. Michael Strupp|
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|Country of origin||Germany|
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What does the app do?
The Positional Vertigo app provides verbal and visual guidance through manoeuvres to help with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). It has detailed information about when to perform the manoeuvres, possible symptoms and the difference between the Semont and Semont Plus manoeuvres.
The app is most useful for people who have consulted a medical professional or specialist and received a diagnosis of BPPV, and who have been advised to perform Semont or Semont Plus manoeuvres. The app provides verbal and visual guidance on how to do these manoeuvres.
✔ The app advises that the user should have been told by a doctor which side is affected (however, it gives a “diagnostic positional manoeuvre” for those who do not know, which may be insufficient to diagnose affected side).
✔ The verbal cues guide the user to stay in the position for the required amount of time.
✔ The app recommends repetition of the manoeuvres.
✔ The app cautions that the manoeuvres may induce or worsen vertigo and dizziness during the movement.
✔ The app includes information about benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV).
✔ The app was developed by Michael Strupp, a Professor of Neurology in Germany, who is well-regarded as an international expert in vestibular disorders.
✔ The app gives an email address for the professor, so that users can ask questions or give suggestions for improvements to the app.
✔ The developers have included references from articles, however these are noted in German, not English.
✘ The user must go to settings to select English (otherwise all instructions are in German).
✘ There seems to be a glitch in the software for the visual demonstration of the Semont plus manoeuvre for the left affected ear. The visual depiction of the first movement is much smaller than the other visual guides and difficult to see.
✘ The treatment manoeuvres demonstrated are specific to a particular type of BPPV only. Other forms of BPPV are not covered.
Date of review: June 2023
Platform reviewed: Apple
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