Studies demonstrate that close to 69 million people in the United States have had at least one instance of vestibular dysfunction in their lifetime.1 The inner ear and brain function together to process sensory information, which can affect balance, cause migraines and result in dizziness. Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), labyrinthitis, vestibular neuritis, and Meniere’s disease are some of the more common vestibular disorders. The symptoms caused by vestibular problems can have a significant impact on a person’s daily life at home, work, and in the community for simple everyday tasks.
Our physical therapy team collaborates with your doctor and audiologist to help tailor your treatment to your individual needs, while providing education on proper posture and movement to decrease your risk of falls and give you an individualized home exercise program for optimal outcomes.
WHAT TO EXPECT WITH VESTIBULAR REHABILITATION:
You will receive a comprehensive evaluation and history intake to determine how your symptoms impact you and when they occur. Your physical therapist will perform specific postural changes to your head and body, and/or eye exercises that help your vestibular system to readjust and better process sensory information and signals from your brain, eyes, and inner ear system. These exercises are tailored to each individual and their symptoms with the objective of reducing dizziness and vertigo, improving balance, and reducing fall risk. During the initial assessment, it is required that you bring a person with you as you may experience some dizziness after the vestibular testing.
- Agrawal Y, Carey JP, Della Santina CC, Schubert MC, Minor LB. Disorders of balance and vestibular function in US adults. Arch Intern Med. 2009;169(10): 938-944.