Vertigo affects over 10 million patients every year. It’s the most common complaint of patients over the age of 75 but can occur in patients of any age. Vestibular Rehabilitation may be the solution if you or your patients are experiencing vertigo.
What is Vestibular Rehabilitation?
Vestibular rehabilitation is an exercise-based program designed by your physical therapist to improve balance and reduce any dizziness-related problems.
Here are 3 signs vestibular rehabilitation may be right for you or your patients:
You Experience These Sensations
Dizziness is defined as feelings of unsteadiness, swimming feeling in the head, lightheadedness, feelings of passing out, and sensations of moving, spinning, floating, swaying, tilting or whirling. These sensations can happen when you are lying down, standing still or moving and can last from a few seconds to minutes to days.
You Have Any of These Symptoms
Vestibular rehabilitation can help these common symptoms:
- Frequent falls
- Vertigo—spinning sensation
- Dizziness or blurry vision
- Tightness in the neck, stiffness, pain
You Answer Yes to Any of These Questions
- Have you fallen within the last three months?
- Do you feel unsteady on your feet?
- Do you have a fear of falling?
- Are you sensitive to motion?
A physical therapist will work with you to design an exercise program customized to your needs and may include:
- Evaluation to assess your strength, coordination and flexibility skills
- Balance and gait assessments
- Monitoring and rating your level of dizziness and vertigo as you change in and out of various positions
- Assessment of your ability to control eye movement while your head is in motion
Don’t run around in circles trying to figure out why you are feeling dizzy or unbalanced. Contact Physical Therapy’s vestibular rehabilitation program offers a comprehensive approach to evaluating and treating your dizziness, balance deficits and sensitivity to motion. Call to schedule an appointment today!