It is estimated that 35% of adults aged 40 years or older in the U.S. have experienced some sort of vestibular dysfunction — approximately 69 million Americans. Symptoms of vestibular dysfunction can include: vertigo, dizziness, nausea, unsteady gait and postural instability.
Dizziness and disequilibrium are second only to low back pain in the frequency of occurrence in the adult population. Balance and vestibular deficits are a major medical concern, and the resulting effects of an untreated balance disorder can be devastating. The good news is that in many cases a physical therapy treatment plan can successfully treat the problem, preventing subsequent injury.
Vestibular Disorders That Respond Well to Physical Therapy Treatment:
- Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
- Meniere’s disease
- Migraine Associated Vertigo (MAV)
- Motion sensitivity
- Post-concussion syndrome
- Vestibular neuritis/labyrinthitis
Other musculoskeletal or neurologic disorders that result in balance or dizziness problems.
Vestibular rehabilitation therapy is an exercise-based program designed to promote central nervous system compensation for inner ear deficits. Our physical therapists will be able to offer a variety of initial services to all patients experiencing dizziness and balance deficits.