Vestibular rehabilitation is a specialized form of therapy service to treat dizziness and imbalance caused by injury to structures in the inner ear and/or associated brain pathways. Individuals may feel like the room is spinning or a rocking sensation similar to being on a boat.
The most common symptoms may include:
- Dizziness or vertigo
- Vision changes
- Hearing loss
Is Vestibular Rehabilitation Right for Me?
Vestibular rehabilitation has been shown to be effective in improving symptoms related to vestibular disorders. Common complaints of dizziness or blurred vision with necessary daily tasks which can result in activity avoidance and a decline in an individual’s quality of life.
Activities that can trigger symptoms may include:
- Rolling or getting out of bed
- Head movements
- Grocery shopping
- Moving around in busy environments
If Left Untreated…
It is important to schedule a therapy appointment as soon as a physician referral is obtained. The brain and inner ear have the best potential for recovery within the first few months of the structures being damaged.
Individuals that do not seek treatment for the initial symptoms can potentially develop serious medical complications.
Secondary problems may include:
- Injury due to a fall
- Neck pain or stiffness
- Impaired balance
- Functional decline
What Can I Expect from Vestibular Rehabilitation?
Patients will participate in a comprehensive evaluation that will include a detailed history of symptoms, fall history, resultant activity limitations, and objective tests to differentiate vestibular problems. The skilled therapist will assess your vision and vestibular system to determine how well they are working together. Patients may also expect further testing on the neck, walking, coordination, and balance. Based on these findings, the therapist will develop an individualized treatment plan to reach patient goals.
The duration of treatment will depend on the patient diagnosis and symptoms, as patients can be seen anywhere from 1 visit to 4 months.
Vestibular rehabilitation is a beneficial treatment option for individuals affected by dizziness and imbalance due to underlying brain/inner ear problems. The goal of vestibular rehabilitation is to reduce the debilitating symptoms to allow individuals to return to normal daily activities without difficulty. Sage Outpatient and Day Neuro therapists are ready to tailor a treatment plan to meet individual patient needs.