Clinton Physical Therapy Center offers a Vestibular Rehabilitation program with experience treating vestibular and balance disorders since 1997.
Vestibular disorders can occur at any time and in any one. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), about 90 million Americans (more than a third of the population) report bouts of dizziness at some point in their lives. Of those, 76 million suffer from inner-ear disorders. Inner ear disorder can be caused by:
- Whiplash (neck injuries)
- Blows to the head
- Viral infections
- High doses of certain antibiotics
- Degeneration of the inner ear’s balance function, also known as the vestibular system (often deteriorates with age).
According to the NIH, 85% of equilibrium problems have to do with the inner ear.
Some of the more common conditions of the inner ear include:
- Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo
- Vestibular Neuritis (inflammation of the vestibular nerve)
- Labyrinthitis (inflammation of the labyrinthine structures)
- Meniere’s Disease (fluid imbalance in the inner ear)
- Perilymph Fistula (disruption of the membranes of the labyrinth)
Inner-ear problems can manifest themselves in different ways. Some symptoms include dizziness, nausea and blurred vision. Frequent episodes of dizziness (especially with certain head movements) are a sign of dysfunction in your inner ear. This dizziness can last a few seconds, minutes or even days. Symptoms of inner ear disorders may be mild (lasting only seconds or minutes) or severe (resulting in total disability).
Treatment options include:
- Canalith Repositioning Procedures (Epley, Modified Epley)
- Habituation, Adaptation and Substitution exercises
- Gaze Stabilization exercises
- Fall Prevention