Reduce the feelings of dizziness and vertigo caused by vestibular disorders
Do I Need Vestibular Rehabilitation?
According to the University of Wisconsin Division of Otolaryngology, approximately 40% of all adults experience dizziness severe enough to report to their doctor. Many of these individuals are older, and also suffer from a fear of falling that keeps them from enjoying basic daily activities that most of us take for granted. The symptoms often come on gradually, over an extended period of time, and go unrecognized until they can no longer be overlooked. It could be lightheadedness, feeling faint, or just “woozy”.
70% of patients are given expensive prescription drugs to treat the symptoms, which help to overcome the initial attack, but will not solve the problem. Just treating the symptoms leaves the door open for the problem to spiral out of control. Fortunately, advances in equipment, diagnosis, and treatment, offer patients more options for relief than just “take a pill”.
“Research at Boston University has found that a major problem confining older people to their homes isn’t falling itself, but fear of falling. It turns out to be a bit of a surprise for the people’s children and their health professionals when they find out, because many elderly people don’t readily admit to it.” Radio National — The Health Report
70% of patients are given expensive prescription drugs to treat the symptoms, which help to overcome the initial attack, but will not solve the problem.
85% of all patients don’t have to suffer thanks to new treatments
How Are Balance Disorders Treated?
It used to be that patients who suffered from dizziness or vertigo were given medication and told they had to learn to live with it, and that it would go away on its own. This meant that their sensory organization tests would most likely show continued deterioration over time. As a result, millions of people with balance system dysfunction have gotten older and experience increasing numbers of falls.
But now, up to 85% of all patients don’t have to suffer because there are new treatments — originally designed by NASA and the military, to reduce and eliminate many common balance system disorders. Many patients with the most common form of dizziness, BPPV, can be completely free of dizziness in 1-2 treatments. Others may take several weeks of specific vestibular exercises, as well as, general strengthening and balance exercises if needed. Your physician is probably aware of these treatments, but may be unaware of the extensive local resources for treatment and research on vestibular/balance retraining.
You don’t need to wait to get help; new treatments are available now that don’t require debilitating drugs or risky surgery. Physical therapy by a Vestibular Rehabilitation Specialist should be part of all comprehensive treatment programs.
Why Patients Benefit From Vestibular Therapy...
Vestibular exercise done properly promotes well being. Unless you have been diagnosed with Meniere’s disease, Vestibular Therapy will help you achieve the following:
- Improve balance, and reduce the fear and risk of falling.
- Reduce or eliminate dizziness caused by movement.
- Increase normal activity levels.
- This therapy works because your balance system can adapt and compensate for the changes in your body that have brought on the dizziness.
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