Dizziness and trouble maintaining your balance should not be a normal part of life. Unfortunately, it may seem that way – about 69 million Americans over the age of 40 suffer from some type of balance disorder (National Institute of Health).
What causes Vertigo?
The result of problems in the inner ear, vertigo is a dizzying sensation of tilting within stable surroundings or of being in tilting/spinning surroundings, and can lead to feeling off balance or even to falling. Common origins include:
- BPPV – Also known as Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo, BPPV is the result of calcium particle buildup in the inner ear. This can occur without provocation, but can be associated with age.
- Meniere’s Disease – Thought to be caused by fluid buildup and pressure changes within the ear, this condition can cause vertigo episodes, as well as, ringing ears and even hearing loss.
- Vestibular Neuritis – This occurs when inflammation affects nerves of the inner ear and is usually the result of infection.
How can Physical Therapy help my balance?
Vestibular rehabilitation treatments help train the brain to reinterpret information and correct any imbalance. Like any other skill, if you practice, your balance can get better. Our team understands how this works and has experience in treating a variety of vestibular and balance disorders. Some treatments can be completed in as little as one or two sessions.
Vestibular therapy is not available at every clinic. Please contact your local clinic to inquire about vestibular therapy services.
Areas of Expertise
- Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
- Unilateral or Bilateral Vestibular Loss
- Loss of Balance
- Acoustic Neuroma
- Meniere's Disease
- Vestibular Neuritis
- Vestibular Labyrinthitis
- Post-concussion Post-operative Superior Canal Dehiscence
Contact us to see how PTS can help YOU today! Although no physician referral is needed to see a physical therapist, be aware that some insurance companies may require a referral for coverage.