VESTIBULAR REHABILITATION THERAPY (VRT) is now being offered by Dr. Shawn Davis at Prime Health Physical Therapy. VRT is an exercise-based program, designed by a specialty-trained vestibular physical therapist, to improve balance and reduce problems related to dizziness. VRT can help a variety of vestibular problems including Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), and the unilateral or bilateral vestibular hypo function (reduced inner ear function with one or both sides) associated with Meniere’s disease, labyrinthitis and vestibular neuritis.

Vestibular disorders occur when the vestibular system becomes damaged. The vestibular system comprises of the inner ear and the brain and is in charge of processing sensory information that controls balance and eye movements. When the vestibular system becomes damaged, you may experience dizziness, nausea, vertigo (a sense of movement where there is no movement; an illusion of movement) and even impaired postural control. The most common signs and symptoms may include Nausea, impairment with Vision, Hearing, Cognition, Balance, Coordination, and controlling emotions. The physical therapist at Prime Health Physical therapy can help you to identify the causes and to cope with this impairment by eliminating, controlling or reducing these symptoms with an individualized treatment options based on your signs and symptoms.
       The result of Vestibular Rehab Therapy is to reduce the intensity, frequency and duration of dizziness, improve balance, aid in coping strategies and reduce any pain and dizziness occurred while moving the neck. It can also reduce visual disturbance, falls due to balance issues and reduce gaze instability. However, if Vestibular disorders are untreated it may cause challenges in performing regular daily activities. This lack of ability to perform these regular functions can create a sedentary lifestyle and a person’s quality of life begins to diminish.

       At Prime Health Physical Therapy, our trained physical therapists will collaborate with you to create a treatment plan that is customized to your needs. During VTR, your physical therapist will complete a thorough evaluation that measures your posture, mobility, strength, gaze control, balance and coordination. The treatment plan starts with a comprehensive clinical examination, which helps the physical therapist identify any problems related to the vestibular disorder. This will include questions and a discussion to better understand your symptoms and how the symptoms affect your daily life. Your treatment may also include balance exercises, gait training, strengthening, conditioning and flexibility exercises and habitation exercises. Functional exercises such as sit to stand may also be included in your treatment. In order to create the most effective treatment plan for you, additional tests or referral to other health care professionals may be needed to obtain as much information as possible.

To learn more about how Prime Health Physical Therapy can help you or a loved one or to schedule an appointment call us at 908-925-9700

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