Vestibular & Balance Rehabilitation
“How is physical therapy going to improve my balance?”
The general rule of thumb with is “if you don’t use it, you lose it.” However, not all balance issues are caused by lack of activity. There are many reasons why a patient would require physical therapy for balance issues. He or she may be experiencing loss of balance resulting from a stroke, sports injuries, medications, inner ear problems or a spinal cord injury.
One very common diagnosis that a physical therapist can treat is Benign Positional Paroxysmal Vertigo, or BPPV. Inside the inner ear is a labyrinth made of canals with fluid that flows and moves according to the position of your body. Inside these canals are otoliths, or ear rocks, that become dislodged and cause the sensation of dizziness or spinning. Some other symptoms are nausea/vomiting, loss of balance, blurred vision or headaches.
Our vestibular & balance rehabilitation physical therapists are trained to correct any problems related to balance or vertigo by using simple techniques and basic exercises. These methods help prevent recurring signs and symptoms, resolving the underlying issue.
If you notice yourself losing your balance easily due to dizziness, weakness or lack of coordination, consult with your physician first for a referral to a physical therapist who can then complete a more in-depth, detailed evaluation. It is important to remember that the earlier the intervention, the more likely you are to return to a normal level of function without limitations or difficulty.