Vestibular Rehabilitation

Vestibular Rehabilitation is a specific approach of physical therapy aimed at decreasing dizziness and imbalance in those patients who have vestibular dysfunction.

What to Expect

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:
Repositioning Maneuvers
Habituation exercises
Balance exercises
Eye exercises
Patient education
Home exercise program
Therapeutic conditioning exercises

Who Would Benefit

Dizziness, Dysequilibrium, Labyrinthitis

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo

Vestibular Schwannoma, Autoimmune inner ear disease

Vestibular Neuritis, Mal de debarquement

Meniere’s disease, Migraine associated vertigo

Headaches, Cervicogenic dizziness

Therapists

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

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