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Vestibular Therapy

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Vestibular Rehabilitation

Vestibular Rehabilitation is a specific form of physical therapy designed to promote vestibular adaptation and compensation for deficits related to a wide variety of balance disorders. This rehabilitation is effective in improving peripheral vestibular dysfunction, as well as from central balance disorders, including dizziness or vertigo. 

Vestibular Rehabilitation Services

There are many causes of dizziness, but a large percentage is caused by an imbalance or loss within the peripheral vestibular system (inner ear). Our physical therapists treat patients with:

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)
~ Otolith Dysfunction
~ Vestibular Labyrinthitis/Neuritis
~ Acoustic Neuroma
~ Ototoxicity
~ Meniere’s Syndrome
~ Neurologic Disorders (stroke, brain injury, multiple sclerosis)
~ Migraine-Associated Vertigo
~ Cervicogenic Dizziness

Vestibular What?


What to Expect

At your initial visit, you will have an hour and twenty minute - one on one appointment with a vestibular therapist. The evaluation includes the assessment of functional abilities such as gait, movement, balance, motion, and BPPV screening. The therapist establishes the patient’s symptoms (eg, vertigo, imbalance, disequilibrium, pre-syncopal sensations, gait ataxia) and activities that provoke these symptoms.

Individualized Treatment Plan

Using the results of this evaluation, our vestibular therapist will develop an individualized treatment plan that will include exercises to be performed both in the therapy department and at home. These exercises will likely include visual-vestibular exercises (which combine head/body movements with eye exercises), sensory re-organization training, balance training, gait training, and safety education. 

Treatment Goals

~ Prevent Falls
~ Maximize Functional Balance
~ Normalize Gaze Stabilization
~ Eliminate Vertigo
~ Decrease Motion Provoked Dizziness

 

For an appointment with our Vestibular Therapist, Amanda McCallum, PT please call our Covington office at 253-639-2266.