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Vestibular Rehabilitation

Vestibular rehabilitation is a therapeutic approach to decrease vertigo symptoms and improve balance. This rehabilitation may include re-positioning techniques and exercises specifically designed to retrain your balance system. Each treatment is designed according to the individual's specific needs and symptoms. The therapy is continued until symptoms are reduced sufficiently. Many times a person's symptoms are completely alleviated.

Dizziness is one of the most common complaints adults report to physicians, accounting for 5-10 percents of visits. The prevalence of dizziness and balance problems increase with age. These problems affect 40 percent of the people over age 40 and are the number one reason for a physician visit for people greater than the age of 65.

Symptoms

The symptoms of vestibular dysfunction include:

  • Dizziness
  • Vertigo
  • Spinning sensations
  • Feeling of nausea and/or vomiting
  • Lightheadedness
  • Falls
  • Difficulty with walking in dark or dim lighting
  • Ringing in the ears

Causes

Accidents, falls and many different disease processes can cause vestibular dysfunction. However, sometimes a cause may not be determined. Incidents of vestibular problems are more common as one ages.

Treatment

Vestibular dysfunction is commonly treated with medications and in severe cases, surgical procedures are performed. A physical therapy approach that is gaining increased recognition because of its effectiveness is vestibular rehabilitation.

One of the most common causes of vertigo, benign paroxysnal positional vertigo (BPPV) is a biomechanical problem that is often easily treated in a single session.

NMMC Outpatient Rehabilitation Center also uses the NeuroCom Balance Manager for effective assessment and treatment of chronic dizziness and balance disorders.

Referrals

A physician or nurse practitioner's referral for physical therapy can be obtained from your physician or nurse practitioner.

For More Information

For additional information about this program or related rehabilitation services, call (662) 377-7215 or 1-800-THE-DESK (1-800-843-3375).