Vestibular Rehabilitation is designed to alleviate symptoms such as impaired balance, dizziness, and visual deficits. Treatment can include coordination of eye and head movements, desensitizing dizziness symptoms, progressing balance and ambulation abilities, and increasing general endurance and strength.
The most common balance disorder treated with physical therapy is benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, symptoms include dizziness (most often reported as Vertigo) provoked by head movements and changes in position (e.g., turning or lying in bed) lasting for a few seconds, up to a minute.
Treatment may include canalith repositioning procedures, such as the Epley or Semont maneuvers.
BPPV symptoms are often eliminated within one to two physical therapy visits.
Vestibular Rehabilitation is Appropriate for patients with:
- Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BBPV)
- Labyrinthitis/ Vestibular Neuritis
- Ménière’s disease
- Secondary endolymphatic hydrops
- Superior semicircular canal dehiscence
- Acoustic neuroma
- Perilymph fistula, ototoxicity
- Enlarged vestibular aqueduct
- Massociated vertigo, and mal de débarquement
- Other problems related to vestibular dysfunction include complications from aging, autoimmune disorders, and allergies
Vertigo Patient Testimonials
“My vertigo was so bad, at one point it knocked me off-balance and I ended up in the emergency room due to injuries from the fall. I was put on medicine that didn’t help a bit. My doctor even increased the dose to try to make a difference, but the symptoms went on for well over a month. I went in to see HARTZ PT after I heard that physical therapy might be able to help. After just one visit my dizziness was completely gone. I wish I would have known about this option sooner.”
“I suffered from dizzy spells many years back. About 5 years ago, I saw a magazine article on how physical therapy can help these spells. I wasn’t feeling any dizziness at that time, but I cut out the article just in case. Last month when my dizziness returned, I dug it out and then called HARTZ Physical Therapy. I got immediate relief and was completely clear of symptoms after only 1 visit. They even showed me what to do if it happens again. I have nothing but good things to say!”