Vestibular Physical Therapy
Creative Rehab's Vestibular program is a customized treatment approach for the treatment of dizziness, vertigo or balance dysfunction. Our therapists are trained in the assessment and treatment of a variety of vestibular disorders. Goals of therapy emphasize returning the vestibular system to a normal functioning state and improve static and dynamic postural control in a variety of positions and movements. Patients receive extensive education to aid in self-management and return to function.
What is Vestibular Dysfunction?
Dizziness and balance problems arise from injury or disease. Common diagnoses of vestibular dysfunction include:
Dizziness, loss of balance, and light headedness may be symptoms of vestibular dysfunction. Vertigo is described as the feeling of the body rotating related to space or space rotating around the body. This is different from dizziness, light headedness or loss of balance that are also related to vestibular dysfunction.
How Can Physical Therapy Help?
Physical therapy intervention may help with dizziness, loss of balance, or other vestibular disorders by habituating the senses to tolerate the stimulus, by correcting orthopedic or reflexive deficits that contribute to the dysfunction.
How Do I Participate?
Screening is typically done by a neurologist specializing in Otolaryngology; though your general practitioner may be the first person you report symptoms to. Following a doctor's evaluation, you may be referred to a physical therapist that specializes in vestibular dysfunction.
Terms & Definitions:
Concussion: A short loss of brain function in response to head injury, classified as a mild type of traumatic brain injury
Vertigo: perception of the room spinning, dizziness or loss of balance associated with inner ear issue
Disequilibrium: sense of imbalance or lack of orientation