Have you recently experienced bouts of dizziness or balance issues? If you’ve been having trouble keeping your balance, you may be dealing with a vestibular disorder. At Advance Physical Therapy, our vestibular therapist can formulate a personalized treatment plan to tackle your specific condition and help get you back to optimal health and wellness.
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
The vestibular system involves the parts of the inner ear and brain that process sensory information associated with balance control and eye movements. BPPV is the most common cause of positional vertigo. Positional vertigo can be described as a sudden feeling that you are swaying or spinning. This occurs when calcium crystals in your ear move to a place they shouldn’t be, causing the inner ear to tell your brain you are moving. A vestibular therapist can treat BPPV through a guided series of head movements to help put the crystals back where they need to be for healing.
People with Meniere’s disease have sudden tinnitus attacks, vertigo, hearing loss, and a feeling of fullness in the ear. Fluid in the inner ear can cause this feeling. Hearing loss associated with this disease can worsen over time and even become permanent in some cases. Lifestyle changes can help ease attacks when they happen. In more severe cases, surgery may be necessary to relieve the symptoms.
A migraine is a disorder that is usually associated with headaches. Migraines are prevalent and can lead to several vestibular disorders. Many people that experience migraines feel dizzy during an attack. Vestibular migraines can occur with or without pain.
Age-Related Imbalance & Dizziness
Bouts of dizziness in the elderly can be an indication of problems with the vestibular system. Vestibular disorders are one of the leading causes of dizziness in older adults. A vestibular therapist can work with elderly patients to improve balance and gait issues.
Mal de Debarquement
Have you ever gotten off of a boat or out of a car and still felt as though you were swaying or moving? Mal de Debarquement is a normal occurrence that can be uncomfortable to deal with and manage. Usually, this sensation only lasts for a few hours or a few days.
Contact Our Vestibular Therapist
At Advance Physical Therapy, we have seen how disabling certain balance disorders can be for patients. Working with a vestibular therapist can help improve your symptoms and keep you steady on your feet. Contact our office to learn more.