Nearly half of people will experience some type of dizziness in their lifetime. For people over the age of 75, dizziness is the #1 reason for seeking medical attention. Additionally, dizziness is a leading cause of falls in the elderly.
The qualified physical therapists at Therapy Network will perform an evaluation for vestibular treatments. The therapist will overview a thorough medical history with the patient and perform a variety of tests for balance, gait, and oculo-motor function. With the results from these tests, the therapist will create a plan for vestibular rehabilitation.
Vestibular rehabilitation is an exercise based program specifically designed from the results of your evaluation, and is designed to improve balance and reduce dizziness-related symptoms. Individuals who have stable vestibular function and whose symptoms are provoked by movements and positions, often respond positively to vestibular exercises.
Common symptoms of a vestibular problem include but are not limited to:
- Vertigo (room spinning sensation)
- Hearing changes
Benign Paroxsymal Positioning Vertigo (BPPV)
- Most common cause of dizziness seen clinically
- Defined by brief periods of vertigo associated with changes in head positions
- Idiopathic or related to trauma
- Usually successfully treated by canalith re-positioning exercises
Other common diagnoses include:
- Vestibular Neuritis
- Acoustic Neuroma
- Bilateral vestibular loss
- Vervical vertigo
- Head trauma
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms or have been diagnosed, call The Therapy Network today to schedule your initial appointment.