Vestibular Rehabilitation 

Most people will experience dizziness at some point in their lives. Dizziness can occur at any age but is most common in older adults. It could be a sign of a serious medical condition, so you should always discuss your symptoms with your primary care provider. 

Often, dizziness is a result of a vestibular disorder. The vestibular system is a part of the inner ear that helps to control balance.  Problems with this system could cause you to be dizzy, lightheaded or woozy, or you may experience a spinning sensation known as vertigo.  This dizziness can be effectively treated with vestibular therapy.

Vestibular rehabilitation is an exercise-based therapy program that stimulates the body’s natural ability to compensate for balance problems. Certain exercises strengthen this ability, and with a focused exercise routine, patients can improve their balance.

Common causes of dizziness or vertigo include:

  • Labyrinthitis - inflammation of the labyrinth (the inner part of the ear that controls balance)
  • Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) -  caused by calcium crystals floating in the ear
  • Migrainous Vertigo - dizziness associated with the auras (light and sound sensitivities) of a migraine headache
  • Meniere’s Disease - over accumulation of fluid in the inner ear that causes vertigo
  • Acoustic Neuroma - slow-growing tumor of the vestibular nerve
  • Vestibular Neuritis - inflammation of the vestibular nerve
  • Head Trauma/Concussion

Don’t Suffer Needlessly

Our physical therapists are specially trained to treat balance problems and dizziness related to these conditions.  A comprehensive evaluation will be completed to determine the most appropriate treatment that may include:

  • Vestibular habituation and gaze stabilization exercises designed to retrain the vestibular system
  • Balance exercises to improve steadiness with walking and standing activities
  • Canalith repositioning maneuver for BPPV designed to eliminate vertigo

If you have experienced any of the following ask your physician for a referral to the vestibular rehabilitation program at The Cary Grossman Health & Wellness Center.

  • Fallen or been close to falling
  • Changed your normal activities because you are concerned about your balance
  • Experienced dizziness or unsteadiness

A written referral or prescription from a physician is required. Most types of insurance are accepted and will cover vestibular therapy.  To schedule an appointment, call 561-263-5775.