What is vestibular rehabilitation?  

 

Vestibular rehabilitation is an exercise-based rehabilitation program, designed by a trained vestibular physical therapist, to improve balance and reduce problems related to dizziness. Vestibular rehabilitation is a field that has grown substantially in recent years, and has become a major component in the management of patients with dizziness/disequilibrium/vertigo, etc. An assessment will determine if you are a candidate for a vestibular rehab program, and if so, an individualized treatment plan can begin immediately.  

Signs and symptoms of vestibular disorders primarily include:  

• dizziness 
• vertigo (a sense of spinning) 
• imbalance/ataxia 
• nystagmus 
• poor gaze stability 

There are different types of vestibular disorders, with variable patient presentation. Symptoms may be the result of BPPV, a unilateral vestibular lesion, bilateral vestibular lesion, or other medical condition. An assessment will determine whether your symptoms can be managed with vestibular rehabilitation.