Vestibular physical therapy treatment helps patients manage and overcome dizziness, imbalance, and other vestibular pathologies.
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) is one of the most common causes of dizziness. Symptoms of BPPV may include vertigo (spinning sensation) with changes in head position, dizziness, postural instability, lightheadedness, and nausea1. Symptoms typically come and go, and do not last longer than a few seconds to minutes. Some common causes or triggers of BPPV include head trauma, dental work, or hair salon visits. BPPV is curable by repositioning techniques performed by a physical therapist!
Concussion and post-concussion syndrome can also cause dizziness or balance problems. Common symptoms after concussion include headaches, nausea, neck pain, changes in sleep habits, fatigue, difficulty with concentration and changes in behavior. Occasionally symptoms from a concussion last for months after the injury, a condition called post-concussion syndrome. Vestibular rehabilitation can improve persistent dizziness and balance dysfunction after concussions 2.
A certified vestibular rehabilitation specialist (Cert. VRS) is a physical therapist trained to treat BPPV, post-concussion syndrome, Meniere’s Disease, cervicogenic dizziness, vestibular hypofunction, and other causes of dizziness or imbalance.
1. Lee Seung-Han and Kim Ji Soo. Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo. The Journal of Clinical Neurology 2010; 6:51-63.
2. Alsalaheen, Bara A et. al. Vestibular Rehabilitation for Dizziness and Balance Disorders After Concussion. JNPT 2010; 34:87-93