Vestibular

Patient tossing ball for therapyOur Vestibular and Balance Program  provides a comprehensive and targeted evaluation and assessment of multiple vestibular and balance problems. This information is used to develop a specific plan of care to aid in the recovery from often debilitating symptoms. The goal is to identify the particular cause of symptoms and implement treatments aimed at relieving the possible dizziness, spinning, issues with falling or unsteadiness you may be experiencing.

The following conditions have been found to benefit from vestibular therapy:

  • Disequilibrium—Unsteadiness, imbalance or loss of equilibrium; often accompanied by spatial disorientation.
  • Neuronitis/Labrynthitis—A problem of the inner ear that results in vertigo and also possible hearing loss or ringing in the ears.
  • Bell’s palsy—A paralysis or weakness of the muscles on one side of your face.
  • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo—One of the most common causes of vertigo, the sudden sensation that you’re spinning or that the inside of your head is spinning.
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Stroke
  • Oscillopsia—A visual disturbance in which objects in the visual field appear to oscillate resulting in an incapacitating condition experienced by many patients with neurological disorders.
  • Peripheral neuropathy—Weakness, numbness and pain from nerve damage, usually in the hands and feet.
  • Diabetic Neuropathy—A family of nerve disorders caused by diabetes.
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Lower extremity amputee
  • Musculoskeletal dysfunction—Injuries or pain in the body’s joints, ligaments, muscles, nerves, tendons and structures that support limbs, neck and back.
  • Cerebellar disease—A disorder of the cerebellum, which is part of the brain and largely involved in “coordination.” Persons whose cerebellum don’t work well are generally clumsy and unsteady.
  • Guillain-Barre syndrome—A rare disorder in which your body’s immune system attacks your nerves. Weakness and tingling in your extremities are usually the first symptoms.

The benefits from the Vestibular and Balance Program include:

  • Fall prevention
  • Improved balance/equilibrium reactions
  • Improved trunk/leg strength and flexibility
  • Enhanced position sense and motor control
  • Improved dynamic postural stability
  • Improved functional ambulation
  • Enhanced social and emotional well-being