Who May Need Physical Therapy?
A comprehensive balance evaluation can help determine individual factors contributing to deficits and a plan for treatment. Some common reasons for vestibular therapy are listed below:
- Falls or Fear of Falling
- Difficulty Walking
What to Expect during Physical Therapy?
The physical therapists at Total Balance are vestibular certified therapists. At your first visit our therapists will meet with you and review your complete medical history and any problems you may be experiencing. They will do a full balance and vertigo assessment. Visual and positional testing will be performed as needed. The therapist will guide you during all testing and treatment and answer all of your questions. You will be told what to expect through every step of the process. Once your testing is complete, the therapist will review your tests and explain the results and determine a treatment plan. Your treatment plan may include therapy sessions. You progress will be assessed at each of your therapy sessions. Home exercises are a very important part of therapy and compliance is critical for resolution of symptoms.
How Can Therapy Help?
Vestibular therapy has been proven to be very effective with treatment of vestibular disorders such as Meniere’s disease, vestibular hypofunction, BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal, positional vertigo), and central vertigo. A Comprehensive assessment is essential for identifying the cause of the problem to focus treatment appropriately. Therapy can help reduce symptoms as well as provide valuable education and assistance for managing symptoms for faster return to regular activities.
When Will I Feel Better?
Most patients feel less anxious about their problem after the first visit which can help reduce overall symptoms.
A thorough evaluation can help with determining your overall prognosis. Most patients with vestibular disorders notice a significant improvement within the first couple of weeks of therapy.