Vestibular Rehabilitation is designed to assist individuals with vertigo,
dizziness, imbalance, or sensitivity of movement. The vestibular system,
or inner ear, plays an integral role in the control of posture and balance.
Deficits in the vestibular system may result in loss of balance, decreased
independence, inability to perform everyday activities, and increased
risk of falls.
Common Conditions Treated
- Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
- Vestibular Neuritis/Labrynthitis
- Post Acoustic Neuroma Resection or other inner ear surgery
Vestibular Rehabilitation consists of customized activities and exercises
to promote adaptation or compensation to a change, deficit, or loss in
the vestibular system. Canalith repositioning, or the Epley Maneuver,
is also indicated in specific cases.
Components of the vestibular evaluation include:
- Complete history regarding symptoms
- Oculomotor exam (eye movements)
- Motion sensitivity testing
- Balance assessment
- Muscle strength, range of motion, coordination, sensation
- Gait assessment
How to Get Started
If you think Vestibular Rehabilitation can assist you, ask your physician
for a referral and call to make an appointment at the location that is
most convenient to you. Vestibular Rehabilitation is covered under Medicare,
and many insurance companies will reimburse the cost of this service.