Family Physical Therapy Services now offers specialized treatment for Vestibular Disorders, including these common conditions: Vertigo and Concussions
What are Vestibular Disorders?
Have you ever experienced symptoms of dizziness, lightheadedness, or the feeling the room is spinning? Have you ever lost your balance, or had difficulty rolling over in bed and changing positions because of this? If so, this could be evidence of a vestibular problem.
Your vestibular system is made up of the inner ear and the brain, which control your balance and eye movements. The causes of these problems can range from benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) to an inner ear dysfunction, or a combination of both.
As with our treatment approaches for orthopedic issues, we assess and identify the potential causes of your symptoms and develop a personalized treatment approach. This includes manual techniques, as well as specialized exercise and education to help manage and reduce your symptoms.
Have You Had a Concussion?
Have you or your child ever suffered from a concussion? The effects can be life changing and confusing. They can cause a variety of symptoms, such as headaches, nausea, dizziness, visual or balance disturbances, sensitivity to light or sounds, disturbed sleep, depression, trouble with concentration or memory, and fatigue. This is where specially trained physical therapists can assess and identify the symptoms, to then develop an individualized treatment approach with the use of specific exercises and education using vestibular rehabilitation. The goal of this specialized area of physical therapy is to help patients return to work/play, navigate their recovery, and manage their symptoms.
Vestibular Disorders/Injuries We Treat:
- Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
- Vestibular Hypofunction
- Labyrinthitis or Vestibular Neuritis
- Ménière’s Disease
- Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease
- Persistent Mal de Debarquement
- Age-Related Dizziness and Imbalance
Lauren Fournier, PT, DPT, Vestibular Rehab Specialist has extensive training and advanced course work from Emory University in their Competency Based Course for Vestibular Rehabilitation, and is a member of the Vestibular Disorder Association (VeDA). If you would like to know more about Lauren, check out her bio. To ask her a question, send your inquires here.