Vestibular Rehabilitation is a program designed to assist individuals in decreasing or eliminating their symptoms of vertigo, dizziness, imbalance, or unsteadiness. There are many different causes of dizziness and imbalance. A Physical therapist trained in vestibular rehabilitation will perform an evaluation to determine your problem areas. We will review your symptoms, take a medical history, and assess balance, gait, visual stability, neck motion, and positional faults. We will look at your strength and flexibility. Once we review the findings a treatment plan will be developed based on each individuals needs. Depending on the cause, the length of treatment varies and could consist of 1-2 visits, or a more extensive program may need to be developed.
Individuals commonly seen for Balance and Vestibular Rehabilitation:
- Diagnosed with dizziness, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), imbalance, and unsteady gait.
- Unilateral vestibular loss (vestibular neuritis or acoustic neuroma)
- Bilateral vestibular loss (i.e. gentamicin toxicity)
- Post-traumatic vertigo
- Post stroke or with brain injury
- Multiple falls
Would you benefit from Balance and Vestibular Therapy?
- Have you fallen in the last 12 months?
- Do you have the fear of falling?
- Do you have any difficulty with walking or standing?
- Do you use a cane, walker, or crutches, or have to hold onto things (like walls, back of the couch) when you walk?
- Do you have difficulty walking outdoors on grass or un-level surfaces?
- Do you have to use your arms to get up out of a chair?
- Do you experience dizziness when lying or rolling in bed, or bending down to tie your shoes?
- Do you lose your balance when you turn or make quick movements?
- Do you get dizzy with quick head movements or when you turn around?
- Does your vision become less clear with walking or quick head movements?
- Do you get dizzy driving in a car or walking in a crowded area?
- Do you have difficulty maintaining your balance during normal daily activities?
- Do you have more than three chronic health conditions (heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, neuropathy, high blood pressure, arthritis, osteoporosis, etc.)?
If you answered YES to any of the questions above, a Physical Therapist at Coppola Physical Therapy may help you regain your confidence and decrease your risk of falling by decreasing your symptoms of dizziness/unsteadiness, improve your strength, flexibility, endurance, and balance reactions, and improve gaze stability, thereby keeping you active in your home and community.
Benefits of this type of therapy:
- Decreases your risk for falling
- Decreases your symptoms of dizziness, unsteadiness
- Increases your overall strength, endurance, and flexibility
- Improves your balance and gait
- Improves your ability to stabilize your gaze (vision)
- Educates you on how to self manage your symptoms
- Increases your confidence with daily activities
- Improves your overall sense of well being