Vestibular Balance Rehabilitation
Vestibular Therapy for Bend, OR, Eagle Crest, Redmond, and Sisters
Connecting the sensory processes of the inner ear with the brain, the vestibular system is responsible for controlling balance and eye movements. Vestibular dysfunction occurs whenever the system is damaged, whether by disease, injury, genetic or environmental conditions.
It is reported that as many as 35% of American adults age 40 and over have had some form of vestibular dysfunction. This number grows with age and by 65, up to 80% of Americans have experienced it.
“Vestibular dysfunction can be debilitating. It can dramatically impact a person’s quality of life. It becomes difficult when there are missed days and inefficiencies at work. Vestibular dysfunction does affect the ability to drive or travel. It affects the whole family. The really good news is that such issues can often be sufficiently treated through vestibular rehabilitation – often within just a few weeks.” Stefanie Turner, PT, CYT
What is Vestibular Balance Rehabilitation Therapy?
Vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT) is an exercise-based program that teaches the brain to use other senses to regain function. Physical therapy treatments will often focus on retraining motor control strategies, reactive balance strategies, postural awareness, and the vestibulo-ocular reflex – the ability to stabilize images visually.
Vestibular Balance Rehabilitation can often help people with the following conditions:
- Typical vestibular diagnosis (such as BPPV, Ménière’s Disease, inner ear disease, concussion, central and peripheral vestibular conditions)
- Positional vertigo
- Balance and dizziness
- Problems with positional changes
- Visual tracking deficiency
- Fall risk
When performed by an experienced and qualified vestibular rehabilitation team, improvement can happen in just a few weeks. The goal of vestibular rehabilitation is to strengthen the vestibular system to regain function. A 2014 study published by the National Institutes of Health concluded that people with both acute and chronic central and peripheral vestibular disorders often experience positive outcomes through vestibular therapy rehabilitation.
The Vestibular Therapy Experts at Step & Spine Physical Therapy
Led, managed and trained by vestibular rehabilitation expert, Laura Ahmed, PT, DPT, the vestibular therapy team at Step & Spine Physical Therapy has deep experience in the comprehensive care and management of people who are experiencing a vestibular disorder. Consistency in care delivery and communication across the vestibular rehabilitation team is essential to a complete and safe recovery. The Physical Therapists at Step & Spine Physical Therapy work to collaborate with the necessary medical team members to help patients achieve their best outcome.
Laura Ahmed, PT, DPT
Jennifer Hughes, PT, DPT
Glenn Maclean-Talbot, PT, DPT
If you are experiencing dizziness, vertigo or other vestibular disorders, schedule an evaluation with our Vestibular Rehabilitation Team. After the initial evaluation a treatment program will be provided and if the expertise of additional providers are needed, you will be referred to the appropriate specialist.
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