Balance, Vertigo, and Vestibular Dysfunction

A physical therapist is trained to conduct a variety of tests to help identify the cause, or causes, of impaired balance.  With this thorough evaluation, our therapists will develop goals and a personalized therapy program to help you achieve them.

 

There are a variety of risk factors that lead to falls and fear of falling. Including; weakness, vision problems, Vestibular System issues, Proprioception, and more. Physical therapy takes an active approach in dealing with balance issues to prevent falls.  An effective fall prevention program involves balance training, physical activity, medical management, improving movement strategies and assessment of environmental conditions. A regular exercise program can help keep muscles strong and joints flexible.

 

Benefits of Balance Physical Therapy:

Decreased dizziness and visual problems

Improved balance and walking

Reduced likelihood of falls

Increased general activity levels

Improved Strength

 

If the evaluation reveals that the source of the balance issue is vestibular dysfunction with vertigo — the sensation that you, or the environment around you, is moving or spinning — we have developed a program to efficiently treat this debilitating impairment. We test 5 systems often related to vertigo symptoms and provide a customized treatment plan specific to each patient’s individual needs.

 

The Most Common Types of Vestibular Dysfunction Include:

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)

Vestibular migraine

Labyrinthitis or vestibular neuritis

Ménière’s disease

Age-related dizziness & imbalance

Vestibular damage due to head injury

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