Vestibular Rehab

Fyzical PT Center

Emily Rade, DPT

Therapy and Balance Center located in Fort Lauderdale, FL

If unpleasant symptoms caused by inner-ear problems hinder your quality of life, you don’t have to suffer. Physical therapist Emily Rade, DPT, uses vestibular rehabilitation to improve balance problems and dizziness at Fyzical PT Center, located in Plantation, Florida. Call the office to learn more about vestibular rehab for vertigo and other inner-ear disorders, or book an appointment online today.

Vestibular Rehab Q & A

What is vestibular rehabilitation?

Vestibular rehab is a form of therapy that improves symptoms of vestibular disorders, such as:

  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Balance problems
  • Vertigo/spinning
  • Falls
  • Visual disturbances
  • Fatigue
  • Inability to focus
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Stiffness or pain
  • Headaches

Vestibular disorders can also lead to anxiety, depression, or being overly sedentary to reduce unpleasant symptoms.

What is the treatment for vestibular disorders?

Dr. Rade uses a variety of vestibular-rehab exercises to improve vertigo and other forms of dizziness so you can get back to participating in normal day-to-day activities. She may assist you with the following:

Canalith repositioning

Canalith repositioning involves several head-positioning exercises that relieve positional vertigo, a condition that causes episodes of dizziness during head movements. Dr. Rade helps you complete several different head-maneuver positions during each therapy session.

Habituation exercises

Dr. Rade may use habituation exercises to treat the unpleasant symptoms of vestibular disorders. She may have you do a number of different movements, such as:

  • Move from sitting to lying flat on your back
  • Move your head up and down for specified time periods
  • Repeatedly touch your nose to your knees

During each position change, Dr. Rade may instruct you to hold positions that cause dizziness for a certain length of time until the dizziness subsides.

Balance retraining

Balance problems put you at risk for falls, which is why the compassionate medical team at Fyzical PT Center offers a state-of-the-art balance-retraining program to treat vestibular disorders. Balance retraining focuses on movements that improve:

  • Endurance
  • Strength
  • Gait
  • Motion
  • Coordination
  • Fall prevention

Dr. Rade and the staff at Fyzical PT Center let you know if a walking device, such as a walker or cane, is a good idea to prevent falls, based on your individualized needs.

How effective is vestibular rehabilitation?

In many cases, vestibular rehab is the only therapy needed to reduce or eliminate dizziness, balance problems, and other symptoms of vestibular disorders.

Your doctor may recommend surgery in some cases, but most patients who continuously complete vestibular rehab experience a significant reduction or disappearance of symptoms.

When you’re ready to get treated for vertigo or other forms of dizziness so you can go back to enjoying the activities you love and restore your quality of life, call Fyzical PT Center or book an appointment online today.