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Vestibular Rehabilitation

What we do

A patient requiring vestibular rehabilitation has an inner ear disorder.

When a patient has damage or injury to their inner ear system, balance and visual stability can be disrupted. They may suffer from any of the following symptoms:

  • Difficulty walking
  • Dizziness/Vertigo
  • Imbalance
  • Nausea
  • "Jumpy" or "Fuzzy" vision
  • Sensitivity to motion

Other problems that can arise from these symptoms include decreased energy level, frustration, anxiety, and isolation.

Most patients recover from a vestibular disorder quickly, because the vestibular system is very adaptable. For those with persistent problems supervised rehabilitation may be necessary. At Chelsea Rehab, our certified vestibular physical therapists treat a variety of diagnoses of vestibular dysfunction such as:

  • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo
  • Unilateral and bilateral vestibular hypofunction
  • Post-operative acoustic neuroma resection, vestibular nerve resection, labyrinthectomy
  • Traumatic vestibular damage
  • Meniere's disease

To receive treatment, you must first be evaluated and diagnosed by your physician. You will receive a prescription for a physical therapist to evaluate you and customize a program of exercises to address your specific needs.

Exercises may include:

  • Guided movements of the head to move debris out of a canal of the inner ear and eliminate the stimulus causing vertigo.
  • Repetitive exercises to reduce or eliminate motion-related symptoms.
  • Eye-head coordination exercises to train the eyes to stay "on-target" as the head moves through space.
  • Balance exercises to improve postural stability
  • Leg strengthening exercises to improve muscle tone and power so balance reactions are more effective
  • Flexibility exercises to improve joint mobility or to stretch limited muscles and other tissues.

If you need help finding a physician, please call our Physician Referral Line at 734-593-5899.

Appointment/Contact Information

Call for Appointments: 734-593-5600.
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