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Physical Therapy for Vestibular Disorders

Injury or disease can affect the inner ear, the brain or the nerve that connects the inner ear and brain. This can cause a vestibular disorder.

Together, these organs make up the vestibular system. They control reflexive eye movements, balance and equilibrium. A vestibular disorder can lead to dizziness, vertigo, difficulty balancing, difficulty walking, difficulty steadying your gaze, difficulty coordinating your eye movements and motion sensitivity.

Specially trained physical therapists personalize treatment plans for those with vestibular issues. Vestibular rehabilitation therapy is an exercise-based program designed to:

  • Improve your mobility and balance
  • Improve your gaze stability and coordination of eye movements
  • Desensitize your brain to movement to reduce dizziness
  • Improve your overall activity tolerance, function and quality of life

We treat:

  • Vertigo
  • Vestibular hypofunction, a reduced inner ear function
  • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)
  • Persistent postural perceptual dizziness (PPPD)
  • Concussion
  • Dizziness related to traumatic brain injury, stroke or multiple sclerosis

What to Expect from Vestibular Physical Therapy

Our therapists design a program just for you to help improve dizziness and imbalance. Treatment may include:

  • Eye and head movement exercises
  • Balance exercises
  • Posture exercises
  • Monitored progression of return to general fitness or a sport-related exercise routine
  • Manual therapy techniques
  • Moves to reposition crystals that are out of place inside the inner ear

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