Many people experience issues with balance at some point in their lives and are often surprised to learn that the source of imbalance may be the inner ears. The vestibular system includes the parts of the inner ear and brain that process the sensory information involved with controlling balance and eye movements. If disease, genetic conditions or injury damages these processing areas, vestibular disorders can result.
Signs and symptoms of vestibular disorders may include:
- Vertigo and dizziness
- Imbalance and spatial disorientation
- Vision disturbance
- Hearing changes
- Cognitive and/or psychological changes
The majority of imbalance conditions can be helped through vestibular rehabilitation. The goal of treatment is to minimize dizziness, improve balance and prevent falls by restoring normal function of the vestibular system.
Our specially trained team of clinicians will develop an individualized treatment plan that includes exercises to strengthen posture, gait and components of the balance system, such as eyes, ears and legs. During the treatment process, a home exercise program may be designed and implemented specific to the tolerance, physical condition and diagnosis of each patient.
These exercises are designed to retrain the brain to recognize and process signals from the vestibular system, helping the patient to become desensitized to movements that provoke symptoms and strengthen muscles. Approximately 90 percent of patients show levels of improvement from vestibular rehabilitation.