Vestibular problems can affect your balance, your vision, and your daily activities. If you suspect you might have a vestibular problem, Dr. Neiswinter and his team at Individual Physical Therapy in Gillette, New Jersey, can perform a full vestibular evaluation and treatment. Call the office or make an appointment online.
A vestibular disorder is a disorder that affects the inner ear and parts of the brain that control and assist in processing sensory information. Vestibular disorders typically cause issues with balance and eye movements, and may cause dizziness, lightheadedness, or feeling unsteady when walking. Some common vestibular disorders include benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, vestibular hypofunction, Meniere’s disease, labyrinthitis, or vestibular neuritis.
BPPV is most commonly recognized as vertigo, which is a sudden sensation of spinning or feeling off balance. It is triggered most often by movements of your head, laying down in bed, or sitting up.
Symptoms of vertigo vary in intensity and duration and may include dizziness or spinning, a loss of balance, nausea and/or vomiting, or lightheadedness. Vertigo can recur over time and is best treated through specific movements of changing head positioning. The team at Individual Physical Therapy can address your vertigo and assist you in self-management if symptoms recur.
If your vestibular evaluation reveals that you have a disorder, it is recommended you participate in vestibular rehabilitation to address the problem. While the underlying issue cannot always be corrected, rehabilitation can relieve symptoms and help you feel better and more functional throughout the day. Rehabilitation can also assist you in learning compensatory strategies to improve function.
The three main types of treatment include habituation exercises, gaze stimulation, and balance training. Habituation exercises are typically used to treat dizziness that occurs when a person is moving with or without head movement. Gaze stimulation is best for patients that report impaired vision when turning their head or watching moving objects. Balance training is utilized to any individual who may feel unsteady, assisting those in becoming more steady and less of a fall risk.