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Vestibular Physical Therapy

Vestibular Physical Therapy

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Vestibular Physical Therapy

Vestibular Dysfunction

It is estimated that 35% of adults aged 40 years or older in the U.S. have experienced some sort of vestibular dysfunction — approximately 69 million Americans. Many people who suffer from acute dizzy spells can be helped by physical therapy. Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) is characterized by a brief episode of vertigo (spinning) every time your head moves into a specific position. Common causes for this disorder are trauma to the head (concussion, motor vehicle accident, etc.) and acute infection, but frequently the cause is unknown. Patients usually complain of a spinning sensation being provoked by lying down, rolling over in bed, bending over, or looking up. Common activities that can provoke this sensation include getting out of bed, gardening, washing hair in the shower, and going to the dentist or beauty parlor.

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Common Symptoms

  • Vertigo: The perception of movement/spinning, either of the self or the environment
  • Dizziness: General term that describes light-headedness, floating sensation, or faintness
  • Imbalance: Disequilibrium is a feeling of being off-balance or a loss of equilibrium

 

Uncommon Symptoms

  • Nausea
  • Blurred vision
  • Anxiety
  • Lack of coordination
  • Difficulties with memory and concentration
  • Headaches/neck pain

 

How Do You Know if You Need Vestibular Therapy?

80% of older adults over the age of 65 have experienced dizziness with 50% being due to Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV).

  • Do you feel unsteady?
  • Do you lose your balance and fall?
  • Do you feel like you are falling, the room is spinning, or get dizzy when you lay down?
  • Do you like you are moving when you are standing or sitting still?
  • Do you feel light-headed?
  • Do you have blurred vision?
  • Do you ever feel disoriented, such as losing your sense of time or where you are?
  • Or if you’ve been diagnosed with BPPV, labyrinthitis, vestibular neuritis, Meniere’s syndrome, migraine-related dizziness, cervicogenic dizziness

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What to Expect from Vestibular Physical Therapy?

Our goal for vestibular physical therapy patients is to decrease feelings of vertigo and dizziness, improve balance, posture control, gaze stability, overall endurance, and conditioning, and increase safety.

We use exercises that provide small, controlled, and repeated “doses” of the movements and activities that provoke dizziness to de-sensitize and fine-tune the brain. Physical therapists provide comprehensive Balance and Vestibular Rehabilitation. They perform specific treatment protocols for specific diagnoses, with a focus on alleviation of symptoms and return of function. Treatment for vestibular rehabilitation may include, but is not limited to:

  • Patient Education
  • Home Exercise Program
  • Repositioning Maneuvers
  • Habituation Exercises
  • Balance Exercises
  • Conditioning Exercises
  • Functional Activities

 

When you Go for a Vestibular Physical Therapy Visit

  • Wear comfortable clothes that allow you to move freely
  • Bring a list of your current medications, especially those prescribed for your s/s
  • You may experience dizziness or an increase in symptoms initially. If possible, have someone with you for the first couple of appointments to assist you home if needed

For more information about vestibular disorders and vertigo, please don’t hesitate to reach out to any of our highly trained teams of physical therapists nationwide. We are here and ready to help.

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Information for this post provided by Agility Spine & Sports Physical Therapy (locations throughout Tucson, AZ)

July 2016 Events

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Check out our Physical Therapy Monthly Events Calendar!  Focusing on events from PTandMe.com participating physical and occupational therapy clinics. Read more to find out what’s happening in your community in July 2016!

INDIANA PHYSICAL THERAPY EVENTS

JEFFERSONVILLE, IN
DATE: July 15th, 2016 7:00AM – NOON
Steel Dynamics Health & Safety Fair
CLINIC: New Horizons Physical Therapy – Jeffersonville
New Horizons Physical Therapy will be participating in Steel Dynamics – Jeffersonville location’s Health and Safety Fair. The fair is open to Steel Dynamics employees and their families and they look forward to seeing you there! For more information about New Horizons Physical Therapy, visit them online at www.newhorizonsphysicaltherapy.com.

MICHIGAN PHYSICAL THERAPY EVENTS

MONROE, MI
DATE: July 5th, 2016
Clinic Relocation
CLINIC: Advanced Physical Therapy – Monroe
Advanced Physical Therapy is the leading provider of physical therapy, spine care and sports medicine in Southeast, MI. They are proud to be part of the Monroe community, and are committed to helping you, their friends and neighbors, get through your pain and on with life. Visit them at their new location: Hampton Plaza 1291 N. Telegraph Rd., Monroe, MI 48162 www.advphysicaltherapy.com.

SOUTHGATE, MI
DATE: July 18th, 2016 7:30PM
Building Better Runners Series (FREE)
CLINIC: Advanced Physical Therapy – Southgate
Join Advanced Physical Therapy at their Southgate location for a FREE talk focused on the Runner’s Core Routine. Come and learn a step-wise approach to strengthening the lower extremity, specific for runners. This “learn by doing” presentation will build on our Glute Activation talk. Come dressed and ready to participate. Coaches are always welcome, as are your athletes. To sign up please call 734-284-6582 to reserve your spot. More info on Advanced PT at www.advphysicaltherapy.com.

TENNESSEE PHYSICAL THERAPY EVENTS

PULASKI, TN
DATE: July 23rd, 2016
Registration Due for 2nd Annual Golf Scramble
CLINIC: STAR Physical Therapy – Pulaski
STAR Physical Therapy – Pulaski is raising money for The American Heart Association through a fun Golf Tournament. The event will be held August 6th but registration for teams is due on July 23rd. For more information or to register call STAR Physical Therapy at 931-292-6311. For more info about STAR Physical Therapy you can visit them online at www.starpt.com.

MT. JULIET, TN
DATE: July 21st 2016, 2:00PM – 3:00PM
Back Pain Talk
CLINIC: STAR Physical Therapy – Mt. Juliet
STAR Physical Therapy – Mt. Juliet South is hosting a FREE talk about back pain and how physical therapy can help at the Del Webb Country Club. Anyone in the Del Webb community is welcome to attend. A question and answer section will be held at the end. For more info about STAR Physical Therapy you can visit them online at www.starpt.com.

VIRGINIA PHYSICAL THERAPY EVENTS

BLACKSBURG, VA
DATE: July 29th, 2016, 2:00PM
Dizziness/ Vestibular Rehabilitation Talk
CLINIC: University Physical Therapy – Blacksburg
Kelly Wilson, PT, DPT from University Physical Therapy – West Blacksburg is hosting a FREE talk at the Blacksburg Public Library to discuss dizziness, vertigo and vestibular issues and how physical therapy can help. For more information about University Physical Therapy visit them online at www.universityptonline.com.

BRAMBLETON, VA
DATE: July 2016
New Clinic Opening
CLINIC: The Jackson Clinics – Brambleton
The Jackson Clinics are happy the announce the opening of their newest location in Brambleton, VA – located at 42365 Soave Dr. Bramleton, VA 20148. For more information about the Jackson Clinics visit them online at www.thejacksonclinics.com.

WISCONSIN PHYSICAL THERAPY EVENTS

PLOVER, WI
DATE: July 18th, 2016
New Clinic Opening
CLINIC: Sport and Spine Physical Therapy – Plover
Sport and Spine Physical Therapy is proud the announce the opening of it’s newest location in Plover! Located at 1767 Park Avenue, Suite 200, Plover, Wisconsin. Caitlyn Barr, DPT, will be the physical therapist on site. For more information about Sport and Spine physical therapy visit them online at www.sportspinewi.com.

WAUSAU, WI
DATE: July 19th, 2016, 6:00PM – 8:00PM
WVAM Sports Physical Event
CLINIC: Sport and Spine Physical Therapy – Wausau
Sport and Spine Physical Therapy along with other members of the WVAM are providing physicals for athletic students at the Bone and Joint Clinic at 5200 Hummingbird Road. The Cost for a physical is $25. $20 from each physical will be donated back to the athlete’s athletic department. For more information about Sport and Spine physical therapy visit them online at www.sportspinewi.com.

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