Vestibular (Balance/Dizziness) Rehabilitation

Vestibular rehabilitation, also known as vestibular rehabilitation therapy, is a specialized form of physical therapy used to treat vestibular disorders or symptoms, characterized by dizziness, vertigo, and trouble with balance, posture, and vision. Other problems can also arise that are secondary to vestibular disorders, such as nausea and/or vomiting, reduced ability to focus or concentrate, and fatigue. Vestibular rehabilitation aims to eliminate these symptoms and return you to living life normally once again.

Balance can become a problem for many people at some point in their lives, and we want you to know that is something that we can help with. The vestibular system controls your balance. It includes the inner ear and the part of the brain that processes sensory information that helps you control balance and eye movement. If these areas are damaged by disease, genetic conditions, or injury, then disorders such as vestibular imbalance can result.

Symptom/Signs of Vestibular Disorder

  • dizziness and vertigo
  • imbalance
  • spacial disorientation
  • vision problems
  • changes in hearing
  • cognitive and/or psychological changes

Most imbalance conditions can be resolved with vestibular rehabilitation. This treatment helps to minimize dizziness and improve balance by restoring proper function to the vestibular system. If you have ever sat up from your bed in the morning and noticed the room spinning “Vertigo”, then you may have a condition known as Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), our physical therapists are very effective in treating this condition.

At Pick PT we will develop an individualized treatment plan for vestibular rehabilitation. This might include exercises that focus on the components of the vestibular system, like the eyes, ears, and legs. An at-home exercise program may be implemented specific to each patient as well.

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How does Vestibular and Balance/Dizziness Disorders Impact Lives:

Symptoms due to vestibular disorders can diminish quality of life and impact all aspects of daily living. They also contribute to emotional problems such as anxiety and depression. Additionally, one of the consequences of having a vestibular disorder is that symptoms frequently cause people to adopt a sedentary lifestyle in order to avoid bringing on, or worsening, dizziness and imbalance. As a result, decreased muscle strength and flexibility, increased joint stiffness, and reduced stamina can occur.

Treatment strategies used in rehabilitation can also be beneficial for these secondary problems. Common vestibular related disorders and symptoms treated at Pick PT include, but are not limited too:

  • Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
  • dizziness and vertigo
  • imbalance
  • spacial disorientation
  • vision problems
  • changes in hearing
  • cognitive and/or psychological changes

What Causes the Condition

Vestibular disorders have a variety of causative factors but most commonly will present with symptoms such as dizziness, vertigo, and disequilibrium. These are common symptoms of peripheral vestibular disorders (a dysfunction of the balance organs of the inner ear) but can also be symptoms of central vestibular disorders (a dysfunction of one or more parts of the central nervous system that help process balance and spatial information). It is important the root cause is determined in order to rule out more serious central conditions that require immediate medical attention. Your Physical Therapist will perform assessments to determine whether or not you are appropriate for physical therapy at this time or would benefit from being referred out to receive additional medical attention. Peripheral vestibular disorders are commonly treated in an outpatient setting and can be caused by one or more of the following:

  • Minor to Severe head trauma
  • Inner ear surgery
  • Prolonged positioning on your back
  • Infection

Dizziness and disequilibrium can also be symptomatic and unrelated to the vestibular system. Common causes could include but aren’t limited to:

  • Age
  • Weakness
  • Cervicogenic
  • Cardiovascular related

What Pick PT Does to Help

At Pick PT we specialize in vestibular rehab and treatment and balance/dizziness disorders. Our speciality trained clinicians have experience treating patients with:

  • Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
  • Vestibular Neuritis or Labryinthitis
  • Vestibular Migraine
  • Concussion
  • Meniere’s Disease
  • Acoustic Neuroma (Pre- and Post-surgical)
  • Central Conditions (Vestibular stroke, MS, etc.)
  • General Imbalance and Multifactorial Dizziness

Our company is committed to optimal vestibular rehabilitation and has invested in Insight Infrared Video Goggles from Vestibular first for us as a standard part of our vestibular exam. In an effort to provide 100% evidence-based practice, it has been shown that clinicians who use infrared video goggles are able to visualize 100% of abnormal eye movement that provides critical information toward accurate diagnosis and treatment of vestibular patients.

Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy FAQs

What kind of outcome can I expect from back pain physical therapy?

Outcomes depend on many variables related to the underlying spine injury, motivation level and prior strength, flexibility and health status. In general, everyone eventually recovers from their LBP. With the help of a physical therapist, this pain can potentially be treated quicker and get you back to your normal daily life!

What can I do to prevent low back pain?

Whether an injury has occurred or not, the most crucial component for a happy spine is always a strong core. Without good spine habits and body awareness, an injury can happen from an activity as simple and bending over to tie a shoe to more stressful heavy lifting. Without a strong core, our bodies don’t work efficiently and cause unneeded stress on the spine. Unfortunately, even the majority of people who do participate in some type of regular ab exercise do not demonstrate good control. This is where the eyes of a therapist can help find faulty movement patterns and retrain muscles to work in a way that will prevent further injury and promote healing of injured tissues. Additionally, leading a healthy lifestyle can lead to a decreased risk of low back injury and quicker recovery times if injury does occur. This can include but not limited to, no history of smoking, proper nutrition and adequate activity levels including frequent exercise as recommended by the American college of Sports Medicine.

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