Vestibular PT

Vestibular rehabilitation therapy deals with the treatment of the central nervous system related to the central balance center of the inner ear. When problems related to the inner ear occur, most patients experience trouble with their own equilibrium, and display many varied symptoms such as, nausea, loss of balance, sudden loss of coordination, or gait disturbances. Often people immediately associate these symptoms with dizziness or vertigo - the sensation of spinning.

Vestibular rehabilitation uses physical therapy techniques including positional maneuvers, oculomotor exercises, balance retraining and motion tolerance exercises to treat vertigo and balance disorders. Persons who suffer from vertigo, dizziness or a sense of imbalance or experienced a head injury or concussion often benefit from vestibular rehabilitation. Additionally, persons with limited mobility, difficulty walking, a history of falls or a fear of falling will benefit from this highly specialized service.

Common Diagnoses We Work With Include:

  • Central Nervous System Disorders
  • Neuropathy
  • Age-Related Balance Dysfunction
  • Oculomotor (Visual) Dysfunction
  • Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
  • Labyrinthitis
  • Ménière's Disease
  • Vestibular Neuronitis
  • Muscle Atrophy
  • Nerve Injuries

Treatment for Balance Disorders

There are more than a dozen causes of dizziness and many reasons why you might have difficulty with your balance.

Treatment of balance & dizziness disorders can be very complex. Nevertheless, we have helped numerous residents in the community cope with or recover from conditions that cause balance disorders.

The first thing your doctor will do if you have a balance problem is determine if another health condition or a medication is to blame. If so, your doctor will treat the condition, suggest a different medication, or in many cases, refer you to one of our balance disorder experts here at Florida West Coast Physical Therapy.

Education is Therapy

The most important part of treating a balance disorder is understanding your diagnosis, the cause of the problem, and how to manage it. That's why we place great emphasis on patient education and coordination of care with your referring physician.

Positional Vertigo - A Common Cause of Dizziness & Balance Disorders

If you have BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo), our vestibular therapy experts can perform a series of simple movements, such as the Epley maneuver, which can help dislodge the otoconia (calcium crystals) from the semicircular canal of the ear. In many cases, one session works; other people need the procedure several times to relieve their dizziness.

We Can Help You Cope With Your Condition

The physical therapists at Florida West Coast Physical Therapy can also help increase your strength and coordination to help lower your risk of falling and getting hurt during daily activities, such as when you walk up or down stairs, use the bathroom, or exercise.

Some people with a balance disorder will need the help of our vestibular rehabilitation therapists to cope with their problems. In each case, we will conduct a personalized evaluation of your condition and then we will develop an individualized treatment plan.

Call Today

Call us today to learn more about how we can develop a personalized treatment program for your balance problems and help you get back to enjoying a higher quality of life.

Reference: Move Forward: Physical Therapist's Guide to Balance Problems