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Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy

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older woman balancing on ball with help from physical therapist
older woman balancing on ball with help from physical therapist

Vestibular rehabilitation is a non-invasive treatment option for patients suffering from dizziness and balance disorders. Our physical therapists use technology and high quality testing procedures to evaluate patients with balance disorders.

Conditions treated:

  • BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo)
  • Balance problems
  • Dizziness
  • Gait abnormalities
  • Motion sensitivity
  • TBI/concussion
  • Vertigo

These disorders may be caused by disease or injury to your vestibular system - those parts of the inner ear and brain which control balance and eye movements.

At your first appointment, the physical therapist will take a detailed medical history, assess your balance while sitting, standing, and moving, evaluate your posture, and complete vestibular screening and testing.

Following the initial evaluation, your physical therapist will suggest a treatment plan based on test results. Specific exercises, designed to retrain the brain, are an integral part of vestibular therapy.

Advanced dizziness and balance tests:

  • Infrared goggle exam
  • Ocular motor evaluation
  • Posturography assessment
  • Gait assessment

Treatment may include:

  • Epley’s/positional maneuvers
  • Gait training
  • Falls risk education
  • Balance training
  • Strength and flexibility exercises
  • Vestibular adaptation techniques

Common outcomes:

  • Improved coordination
  • Increased gait stability
  • Reduced risk of fall
  • Decrease in dizziness

A referral to physical therapy is required from your provider.

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