Vestibular problems can occur at any age for a variety of reasons. Symptoms related to vestibular issues include dizziness, vertigo, and sensitivity to motion, imbalance, nausea, and difficulty with visual focusing. Balance and dizziness problems often lead to falls, immobility, and injury. In fact, falls due to poor balance are the leading cause of injury in older adults. The risk of injury caused from falling can be greatly reduced when balance problems are corrected. Loss of balance can be the direct effect of vision and inner ear problems or problems with the musculoskeletal system. Fortunately, problems in these areas can be identified and treated, restoring balance and mobility.
Bon Secours St. Francis Therapy Centers Vestibular Rehab Program includes a comprehensive evaluation by a qualified physical therapist to develop an individualized treatment plan based on the diagnosis and objective findings during the evaluation.
Treatments are designed to decrease the symptoms related to vestibular issues and to improve overall balance and functions. Based on the diagnosis, our physical therapists design an individualized training program aimed at minimizing balance problems and improving independence and mobility. Commonly treated diagnoses include Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) and peripheral and central vestibular disorders.
Some treatments include habituation training, adaptation exercises, and canalith repositioning treatment (known as Epley’s Maneuver).