Presence St. Mary's Hospital

The vestibular system, or balance system, is located in the inner ear and is the dominant sensory system that provides information about movement and balance relative to gravity. Vestibular problems generally happen more commonly as people age or following head trauma or viral infection. Sometimes, however, there seems to be no cause at all.

Our vestibular physical therapy program is an individualized program that will address your specific needs and functional deficits.

Common vestibular diagnoses:

  • Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
  • Unilateral Vestibular Hypofunction or Deficit
  • Bilateral Vestibular Deficit
  • Brainstem or Cerebellar CVA
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Labyrinthitis or Vestibular Neuritis

 

Treatment Options:

Once a diagnosis is made, your therapist will educate you on your condition and develop a home exercise program in an attempt to retrain your brain’s vestibular system. After your initial exercise protocol is set up, you will typically be seen by a physical therapist once a week over the course of a few weeks in order to check the progress of your exercise program.

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