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Symptoms of dizziness, vertigo (spinning), and imbalance are not uncommon complaints in the general population, although they most frequently present in older persons. The reasons for these symptoms can vary greatly. Head injuries, vestibular neuritis, stroke, and neck degeneration are just a few examples of sources for these symptoms. Physical therapists are an excellent resource to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of this expansive category of disorders.
Multiple systems in our body must work together to maintain our upright posture and stability. Our brain works closely with and processes information from the inner ear (which gives feedback about our head position in space), our eyes, and the proprioceptive system (which provides feedback about our body’s position in space). Furthermore, we must be flexible and strong to allow our bodies to maintain our stability. Deficits with ANY of these areas can result in “conflict” resulting in dizziness, vertigo, or loss of balance and stability.
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Just as the problems of dizziness, vertigo, and imbalance can be multi-factorial, the physical therapy examination for these problems must be comprehensive. The physical therapist will complete a medical review followed by an assessment of your posture, visual tracking and gaze stability, neck motion, reactions to head motions, reactions to positional changes, static and dynamic balance abilities, and overall flexibility and strength. The results of these examination findings guide the physical therapist in determining the source of the problems and an appropriate plan of care to address them.
With the complexity of vestibular disorders, it is important to find a therapist that has a solid understanding of differential diagnosis and variations in treatment approaches. CPT is proud to include therapists who have received advanced certifications in vestibular rehabilitation and concussion through the American Institute of Balance (AIB). You can reach out to any CPT location and find a therapist who has this specialized training.
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Our training and ongoing collaboration with the American Institute of Balance ensures that we maintain a standard of excellence in our examination and treatment approaches. Our Honesdale office is a designated “Center of Specialty Care” in collaboration with AIB. The facility offers state-of-the-art equipment for the assessment and treatment of vestibular disorders, balance issues, and concussions. All offices can collaborate with the center to support your recovery. Or, you can choose to receive your full course of care at the Honesdale location.
It is important to understand that with proper diagnosis and intervention, most conditions that fall under this category of disorders can be improved or eliminated with intervention. Collaboration between your primary care physician (PCP) Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist (ENT) or neurologist, along with your physical therapist can be highly effective in addressing these issues, and help you regain a better quality of life.