Vestibular Rehabilitation

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Dizziness and disequilibrium are second only to low back pain in frequency of occurrence in the adult population. Balance and vestibular deficits are a major medical concern, and the resulting effects of an untreated balance disorder can be devastating. The good news is that in many cases a physical therapy treatment plan can successfully treat the problem, preventing subsequent injury, and restoring quality of life.

Vertigo is the feeling that either you or your environment is moving when you are staying still. It may be described as spinning, light headedness, or a sense of imbalance or disequilibrium. It can occur suddenly or gradually. Your symptoms may last seconds, minutes, hours or days. Treatment depends on it's cause and may include canalith repositioning maneuvers, VOR adaptation or habituation exercises, balance training, gait training, fall prevention education, general conditioning and strengthening, relaxation techniques, and manual intervention.

Disorders that typically respond well to physical therapy include, but are not limited to:

  • Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
  • Migraine Associated vertigo (MAV)
  • Vestibular Neuritis/Labrynthitis
  • Motion Sensitivity
  • Post Concussion Syndrome
  • Meniere's Disease
  • Other musculoskeletal or neurologic disorders resulting in balance or dizziness problems

If you are experiencing dizziness, spinning, difficulty walking or veering, loss of balance or falls, motion sensitivity, headaches, fatigue or general deconditioning, physical therapy can help improve your symptoms and restore safe mobility.