What is Vestibular Rehabilitation?
An inner ear disorder often means a lot more than problems with hearing. When people have an inner ear disorder or deficit, it interferes with their ability to maintain balance, and can cause nasty side effects like nausea, vertigo, and tinnitus. We provide access to fantastic rehabilitation treatment, and use advanced technology and expertise to sharpen your brainâs ability to cope with this frustrating condition.
Symptoms of Vestibular Condition
The vestibular system includes the parts of the inner ear and brain that help control balance and eye movements. If the system is damaged by disease, aging, or injury, many vestibular disorders can result. Symptoms may include:
- Vertigo and dizziness
- Spinning or whirling sensation; an illusion of movement of self or the world (vertigo)
- Lightheaded, floating, or rocking sensation (dizziness)
- Sensation of being heavily weighted or pulled in one direction
- Balance and spatial orientation
- Imbalance, stumbling, difficulty walking straight or turning a corner
- Clumsiness or difficulty with coordination
- Difficulty maintaining straight posture; tendency to look downward to confirm the location of the ground
- Head may be held in a tilted position
- Tendency to touch or hold onto something when standing, or to touch or hold the head while seated
- Sensitivity to changes in walking surfaces or footwear
- Muscle and joint pain (due to difficulty balancing)
- Trouble focusing or tracking objects with the eyes; objects or words on a page seem to jump, bounce, float, or blur or may appear doubled
- Discomfort from busy visual environments such as traffic, crowds, stores, and patterns
- Tendency to focus on nearby objects; increased discomfort when focusing at a distance
- Increased night blindness, difficulty walking in the dark
- Poor depth perception
- Hearing loss; distorted or fluctuating hearing
- Sensitivity to loud noises or environments
- Sudden loud sounds may increase symptoms of vertigo, dizziness, or imbalance
- Nausea or vomiting
- âHangoverâ or âseasickâ feeling in the head
- Motion sickness
- Ear pain
- Sensation of fullness in the ears
- Slurred speech
- Sensitivity to pressure or temperature changes and wind currents
If you are unsure if you suffer from a vestibular condition, we encourage you to set up an appointment with a doctor. It is important to start treatment early.
Vestibular Rehabilitation Treatment Methods at Global Pain & Spine Clinic
- Physical Therapy Treatment for Vestibular Rehabilitation â A qualified physical therapist will use state of the art Video Frenzel Goggles to diagnose your vestibular problem. This process helps us to assess how well a personâs eyes track a moving object with or without head movement. We will perform a thorough evaluation that begins with a medical history and includes observing and measuring posture, balance and gait, and compensatory strategies. Other assessments may be used, such as a questionnaire measuring the frequency and severity of symptoms and associated lifestyle changes. The physical therapists will then develop an individualized treatment plan that includes specific head, body, and eye exercises to be performed both in the therapy setting and at home. These exercises are designed to retrain the brain to recognize and process signals from the vestibular system and coordinate them with information from vision and proprioception.
- Canalith Repositioning Maneuvers
- Gaze Stabilization Exercises
- Avoidance strategies
- Behavioral modifications
- Postural training
We work to make sure that our patients who suffer from vestibular conditions can live a healthy and happy life without dizziness and vertigo!