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
- "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.
Call for Appointments: 734-593-5600.
Inside the main hospital off the main hallway.