Vestibular Rehabilitation is a specific approach of physical therapy aimed at decreasing dizziness and imbalance in those patients who have vestibular dysfunction.
The physical therapy evaluation consists of the following:
Extensive interview with the patient regarding symptoms, chief complaint and functional limitations.
Neuromusculoskeletal examination (muscle strength, range of motion, sensation, posture, and tone)
Oculomotor exam (smooth pursuit, vestibule-ocular reflex, saccades)
Positioning exam (i.e. Dix-Hallpike maneuver)
Balance/Postural Control evaluation
General Objectives of the Vestibular Program:
Decrease patient’s feelings of vertigo/dizziness
Improve balance and postural control
Improve gaze stability
Improve overall conditioning/endurance
Each patient would then participate in an individualized treatment program that may include:
Home exercise program
Therapeutic conditioning exercises
Thank you for your help in my recovery. Wade and Marla have certainly helped me with their therapy after the knee surgery and the broken arm. All of you have been extremely kind as you guided me through the various exercises that have re-energized the many muscles that have helped me walk and get close to normal again. Your smiles, encouragements, the family atmosphere has been very helpful throughout the process. It starts with the smile and welcome that Kayla gives each time I walk in the door. Thanks so much to each of you for your caring attitude.Virgil