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Vestibular Rehabilitation

The vestibular (inner ear) organs can become damaged from disease or injury. When this occurs, the brain can no longer rely on them for accurate information about equilibrium and balance. This can result in dizziness, vertigo, nausea, difficulty concentrating, or imbalance. In turn, this can result in potentially negative effects on a person’s day to day functioning, ability to work, relationships, and quality of life.

Vestibular rehabilitation is an exercise-based program designed to promote central nervous system compensation for inner ear deficits.

Conditions We Treat:

  • Benign Paroxysmal Positonal Vertigo (BPPV)
  • Labrynthitis
  • Ménière's Disease
  • Vestibular Neuritis

Evaluation and Treatment Plan

A qualified physical therapist will conduct a comprehensive evaluation that includes a medical history and observations of balance, posture, gait, and compensatory strategies. It may include eye-head coordination tests that measure how well a person’s eyes track a moving object with or without head movement.

Care and Management

Education – Anatomy/function of affected muscles and structures,
common problems associated with recovery, activities to avoid and goals of exercise and home programs.

Therapeutic Exercise – This is an individually designed program that includes head, body, and eye exercises, gait activities, and balance activities.

Home Program – Instruction in self-management, individualized exercises and relaxation and breathing techniques.

 

Dizziness

Dizziness is the third most common symptom after chest pain and fatigue, accounting for over 8 million primary care visits per year.

The cost of medical care related to dizziness, imbalance, and falls exceeds one billion dollars.

For more information about us please call 373-6175.