The Vestibular Rehabilitation program at Weldon Rehabilitation Hospital provides treatment to clients who suffer from dizziness, vertigo, and/or disequilibrium. These sensations may result in inability to work, drive, or perform activities of daily living; fear and frustration; and an increased risk of falls.
Vestibular rehabilitation is an important part of the treatment for individuals with vestibular disorders. Individuals with dizziness or imbalance should first have a comprehensive medical evaluation to diagnosis the problem.
Possible causes may include:
- Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
- Inner ear conditions (labrynthitis, neuronitis)
- Neurological issues
- Trauma, post-concussive symptoms
- Age-related degeneration of the vestibular system
If your condition is appropriate, your physician may refer you to vestibular therapy. A licensed occupational or physical therapist with specialized training in the treatment of vestibular disorders will perform a thorough evaluation of the following:
- positional testing
- balance, posture, and functional mobility
- vision and eye-head coordination
Once the evaluation is completed, clients will participate in techniques designed to reduce vertigo (i.e. canalith repositioning maneuvers), restore equilibrium and reduce falls (balance retraining). Often home exercises are assigned to compliment the therapy provided in the clinic.
For more information about the Vestibular Program at Weldon Rehabilitation Hospital, please call 413-748-6880.