Vestibular disorder

What is a Vestibular Disorder?

The vestibular system includes the parts of the inner ear and brain which helps in keeping balance when you get out of bed or walk over rough ground. If a disease or injury damages these processing areas, one can have a vestibular disorder. Vestibular disorders can also be worsened by genetic or environmental conditions, or may occur for unknown reasons. Trouble while balance body and dizziness are the most common symptoms, but you also can have problems with your hearing and vision.

Common vestibular disorders include Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), Labyrinthitis and Vestibular Neuritis, Ménière’s disease, Perilymph Fistula(PLF) and Secondary Endolymphatic Hydrops.


How is vestibular disorder defined?

  • Feelings of unsteadiness
  • Wooziness (swimming feeling in head)
  • Lightheadedness
  • Feelings of passing out
  • Sensations of moving
  • Spinning
  • Floating
  • Swaying
  • Tilting
  • Whirling (sensations known as vertigo)


Causes of vestibular disorder

  • Head trauma
  • Ear infection
  • Drug or alcohol abuse
  • Immune deficiency disorder
  • Migraine
  • Metabolic disorders

Symptoms of vestibular disorder

  • Vertigo and dizziness
  • Imbalance and spatial disorientation
  • Vision disturbance
  • Hearing changes
  • Cognitive and/or psychological changes
  • Nausea, vomit, deafness
  • Neck tightness
  • Headaches


How successful is physical therapy in vestibular disorder?

Many times, physical therapy will be the only treatment needed or some other times, it is a part of the before surgery/post-surgery treatment plan. In most cases, if patients continue to perform the exercises they have learned, balance and dizziness problems decrease significantly or completely disappear.

Physical therapy at SOS PHYSIO

SOS PHYSIO’s physical therapists are trained to look at problems with walking and balance and conduct a fall risk assessment; they treat people with balance and vestibular problems.

Our physical therapist will be able to tailor your plan to meet your goals and address your specific problem areas. There are many physical therapy treatments such as Manual therapy, Active Release Techniques (ART) & Epley maneuvers have found to be very effective in treating this type of disorder.

For more information- Contact your local SOS PHYSIO clinic


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