A Reputation for Quality
Our therapists at Balance Physical Therapy & Human Performance Center are highly trained to provide quality care for vestibular rehabilitation. A thorough initial evaluation helps us identify the underlying cause of a patients experiencing dizziness with positional changes or head movements that can be addressed with patient education, manual techniques, therapeutic exercise, and modalities. Regular reassessment provides reassurance that we are always working to achieve patient goals in a cost-effective manner.
What is Vestibular Rehabilitation?
Patients who are referred to physical therapy with reports of dizziness may fall into several diagnoses. The primary conditions physical therapists treated is referred to as “vertigo”. Patients diagnosed with vertigo, more specifically benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), typically report dizziness with positional change. An example of this would be moving from lying on your back to sitting at the edge of your bed or turning your head before crossing a street.
How does it happen?
The underlying cause of BPPV is thought to occur as a result of debride getting caught in a certain part of your inner ear. This debride are tiny crystals (known as otoconia) that normally sit in a specific position in our ear (known as the utricle). What can happen is these time crystals can become dislodge and get caught in a different canal in our ear. This displacement of the crystals can result in episodes often described by patients as, “the world spinning around me”.
How Does Physical Therapy Help?
At Balance Physical Therapy and Human Performance Center our therapists are trained to reposition the dislodged crystals in your inner ear through specific maneuvers. After the crystals are repositioned, patients will often display symptoms related to fear of movement. Your physical therapists will guide you through challenging exercises to help you become confident with regular movements and recalibrate your vestibular system.