Vestibular Rehabilitation

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