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June 22, 2015

Pro Golfer Jason Day Collapses from Vertigo During 2015 US Open

If you are an avid golfer, you have probably seen by now pro golfer Jason Day stumbling several times and ultimately collapsing on the 9th hole during Round 2 of the 2015 US Open at Chambers Bay. Later, his agent reported that Jason suffered from BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo).

This condition is classically described as sudden onset severe spinning attacks that lasts only a few seconds to minutes triggered by a head position change. Although scary, this is perhaps one of the easiest conditions to cure and is due to loose particles within the inner ear. [more info]

Diagnosis (Dix-Hallpike) to curative treatment (Epley) can take less than 15 minutes if dizziness due to BPPV.

Just like a dislocated shoulder, BPPV is a physical disorder and the treatment is a physical maneuver... NOT medications.  Although this condition could be described, it's easier to explain with a video. Check out the following videos below that describes how BPPV is diagnosed and its treatment called the Epley maneuver. There is also a device that can be purchased called DizzyFIX to ensure that you perform the Epley maneuver correctly.

Of note, in spite of suffering from this condition, Jason fought through the rest of the 2015 U.S. Open finishing in 9th place although his hands and legs were often shaking as he stood over shots and putts.

Sources:
Jason Day collapses at US Open with vertigo. NY Post 6/19/15

Jason Day's vertigo at the 2015 US Open: What exactly is it? CBS Sports June 21, 2015.




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Dr. Christopher Chang is a private practice otolaryngology, head & neck surgeon specializing in the treatment of problems related to the ear, nose, and throat. Located in Warrenton, VA about 45 minutes west of Washington DC, he also provides inhalant allergy testing/treatment, hearing tests, and dispenses hearing aids. Google+ Christopher Chang, MD Bio

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