Physical Therapy for Vertigo
Dizziness and vertigo can be debilitating and cause your world to “spin” and be out of control. Dizziness (including vertigo) affects about 15% to over 20% of adults. 35% of US adults age 40 years and older had evidence of balance dysfunction.
BPPV (Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo) is the most common vestibular disorder. BPPV accounts for up to one-third of vertigo presentations, can occur at any age.
Our certified balance/vestibular therapists are trained to evaluate and develop treatment plans to quickly help you to recover from dizziness or long term balance issues.
Seeing Our Balance/Vestibular Team
What Can I Expect From My Vestibular Therapy Appointment?
Vestibular therapy is specialized physical therapy for balance disorders. These disorders include benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), vestibular neuritis, vestibular migraine, post-sports concussion, and cervicogenic dizziness.
Our vestibular physical therapy team will complete an extensive medical history, including your current lifestyle and future goals, followed by a detailed evaluation of your inner ear issue. Our vestibular-certified team will perform various standardized tests for balance/gait and inner eye movement. An individualized balance retraining plan will include:
- Focus on getting you back to normal activities as quickly as possible.
- Gaze stabilization strategies.
- Assisting the brain to overcome dizziness and improve your balance awareness.
- Habituation exercises.
- Improves one’s brain’s compensation for injuries or abnormalities within the vestibular or balance system.
- A maneuver performed by the physical therapist to manipulate the calcium crystals found in the inner ear.
- Canalith repositioning maneuver or others.
- Various maneuvers are performed by the physical therapist to manipulate the calcium crystals found in the inner ear to aid in acute vestibular issues.
- Individualized home exercises.
- Your therapist will guide you through your exercises to perform in your home.
The most commonly diagnosed vestibular disorders include benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), vestibular neuritis, vestibular migraine, post-sports concussion, and cervicogenic dizziness.
Vestibular therapy along with balance training has many benefits including:
- Decreased fall risk
- Improved balance
- Decreased dizziness
- Increased confidence to maintain balance
- Recovery from concussions
- Return to athletic performance