Dizziness and impaired balance is the number one complaint of people over 70. These symptoms may occur suddenly or gradually over time. Vestibular therapy assists in the management of vertigo that may have occurred through disease, aging or injury.
How can vestibular therapy help?
The physical therapist will conduct an evaluation by examining the patient’s range of motion, reflexes, vision, strength and musculature as needed to determine the most appropriate plan of care.
For diagnoses of BPPV, the physical therapist can correct the symptoms with a combination of changing head and body positions or maneuvers.
For other vestibular diagnoses, the physical therapist will construct a treatment plan to fix the areas of concern, which could range from gaze stabilization exercises to balance retraining.