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Vestibular Dysfunction and Physical Therapy

By January 11, 2017No Comments

Inside the inner ear lies a groups of structures (nerves and minute organs) known as the vestibular system. The vestibular system helps control balance and eye movements. Sometimes this delicate area can be damaged by disease, aging, or injury; and as a result, the following symptoms can occur:

  • Vertigo and dizziness
  • Imbalance and spatial disorientation
  • Vision disturbance
  • Hearing changes
  • Cognitive and/or psychological changes

One recent study estimates that as many as 35% of adults aged 40 years or older in the United States—approximately 69 million Americans—have experienced some form of vestibular dysfunction.

At RPT, our physical therapists help with vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT). This exercise-based program can help reduce disequilibrium and dizziness. It can also assist in improving walking and/or weight-bearing functions and overall activity levels. The following are types of activities a PT might do in a VRT session:

  • Positional vertigo treatment
  • Adaptation exercises
  • Gaze stabilization exercises
  • Balance training and exercises
  • Gait training
  • Fall prevention exercises
  • Self-management techniques
  • Patient and family education

RPT’s staff understands the importance of using vestibular rehabilitation treatment to help patients take back control of their lives. Call today to schedule an appointment

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