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Vestibular/Balance Disorders

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Vestibular/Balance Disorders

Our team includes highly trained physical therapists that specialize in helping patients with vestibular and balance disorders, as well as related dizziness. Our physical therapists evaluate the balance system, posture, and movement planning and together, with the patient, they establish goals and implement individualized treatment programs geared towards helping the body movement systems work better and safer together.

Patients who are typically referred for vestibular rehabilitation therapy are those diagnosed with dizziness, imbalance, vertigo, Meniere’s syndrome, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), neck-related dizziness and migraines. Other candidates are patients who have had a stroke or brain injury or who frequently fall.

Dizziness or unsteadiness can make it difficult to perform regular daily activities such as bathing, dressing, or simply getting around. But, rehabilitative exercise may reduce these symptoms, which often stem from vestibular dysfunction. The vestibular system includes parts of the inner ear and brain that process sensory information involved with controlling balance and eye movements.

Certain head, body, and eye exercises can improve the way the brain processes signals from the vestibular system and coordinates them with information from vision and proprioception (a sense of position/spatial orientation). Home exercises, at an appropriate pace, are an important part of treatment. Your plan will also usually include a progressive fitness program to improve overall energy and wellness. We want to help you resume your regular activities as much and as soon as possible.

"I came to the Jamerson Family YMCA for treatment of vertigo. My treatment was totally successful! After my treatment with Jessica, I am no longer experiencing dizziness when lying on my back or tilting my head back. I cannot thank her enough for her knowledge and expertise on treating displaced crystals. I hope that all her patients experience the successful relief of symptoms as I have. I would highly recommend the Centra team at the Jamerson!"
Beth - Lynchburg, VA

Evaluations and treatments are designed to promote optimal function and safe mobility, including:

  • Evaluation of the balance system, posture, & motor movement planning
  • Collaboration with physicians who specialize in rehabilitative medicine (physiatrists)
  • Balance retraining
  • Vestibular rehabilitation
  • Improved visual motor control
  • Compensation for inner ear disorders

Patients who come to this program may experience symptoms such as:

Patients in need of a vestibular evaluation and treatment could present with a variety of symptoms. These symptoms could last seconds, minutes or days, they could be positional, spontaneous, or persistent and they may be induced by head movement. Symptoms may be chronic or acute onset (as early as one to three days) and may include:

  • Difficulty in low-light areas
  • Difficulty walking over carpet or unleveled surfaces
  • Disequilibrium
  • Dizziness
  • Ear fullness
  • Ear ringing
  • Imbalance
  • Light-headedness
  • Motion sensitivity
  • Nausea
  • Oscillopsia (visual blurring)
  • Double vision

  • Queasiness
  • Recurrent falls
  • Vertigo (feeling that you/your environment are moving or spinning)
  • Neck pain with dizziness

These conditions may contribute to the patient’s disorder:

  • Cervicogenic dizziness and pain
  • Dysfunctions of the inner ear (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo/BPPV, Meniere's disease, migraine-related dizziness, labrynthitis or neuronitis)
  • Neurological disorders, specifically diseases of the brain, spinal cord and nerves that include a dizziness or a balance component\
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Surgically removed brain tumors
  • Traumatic and non-traumatic brain injuries

Why choose Centra Rehabilitation?

Centra's vestibular disorders rehabilitation program can help people overcome dizziness and balance difficulties. Here’s why people with vestibular disorders choose Centra Rehabilitation:

Personalized Care: You will receive a personal evaluation that helps create an individualized care plan to meet your needs and lead you toward your health goals. We will help you learn the skills and techniques you need to improve your abilities at work, home and social settings.

Nation’s Best: Centra Rehabilitation consistently ranks among the best in the nation for treating vestibular disorders - top 1%.  We use FOTO (Focus on Therapeutic Outcomes) to nationally benchmark the care that we are providing and to ensure that we remain at the top of our game in providing evidenced based, effective and efficient care.

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