Balance/Dizziness

Balance/Dizziness (Vestibular) Rehabilitation

Keeping You Safe and Independent

COLPT offers a multi-dimensional approach to treat dizziness and balance impairments. Teaching you strategies for managing symptoms, resolving dizziness, and improving your safety during daily activities.

What is Vertigo?

Vertigo is a type of dizziness caused by a mismatch of input between three different systems in your brain: vision, vestibular, and somatosensory. It causes an illusion of movement which can be disconcerting and places a person at an increased risk of falls.

Common Causes of Vertigo

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)

  • The most common vestibular disorder

  • Occurs when a crystal in your inner ear becomes dislodged, creating a feeling of dizziness while changing positions

Vestibular Neuritis

  • Irritation of the vestibular nerve, often caused by a bacterial or viral infection

  • Following medical management, physical therapy works on improving the function of the involved inner ear

Age or other diseases which decrease the func-tion of the vestibular system, making it hard for you to tell the difference between your body moving and your environment moving

What To Expect On Your First Visit

During this 45 minute evaluation visit, the patient will meet privately with the physical therapist who will review their history and conduct a thorough physical exam. Once this is completed, treatment options will be discussed with the patient and a plan of care will be established working toward goals mutually agreed upon by the therapist and patient. It is recommended to have a friend or family member drive you to your first visit.

Common Symptoms

  • Dizziness

  • Light-headed

  • Nausea

  • Spinning

  • Difficulty Concentrating

  • Disoriented

  • Floating Feeling

  • Falling

  • Staggering

  • Blurry Vision

Treatment Interventions

  • Canalith Repositioning

  • Vestibulo-Ocular Reflex Training

  • Balance Training

  • Fall Prevention and Recovery

  • Patient and Family Education

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