Family Physical Therapy Services now offers specialized treatment for Neurological and Vestibular Disorders, including: Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Brain Injuries, Parkinson’s Disease, Spinal Cord Injuries, Dizziness 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
- Frequent Falls
What are Neurological Disorders?
The nervous system is a complex and intricate system that controls and regulates the functions of your body. When something goes wrong, you can have difficulty breathing, moving, swallowing, speaking or problems with memory recall, senses or mood.
If you have been diagnosed with a neurological disorder by a physician and have difficulty with physical mobility due to your deficits, then neurological physical therapy may help improve and/or restore your functional mobility.
A neurologically trained physical therapist specializes in the evaluation and treatment of individuals with movement problems related to disease or injury of the nervous system. In our treatment approach, we are dedicated to utilizing the most recent evidence-based treatments and tailor our programs to address specific problem areas and design interventions to help patients achieve their maximal functional potential.
We treat a wide range of neurological disorders but if you have questions, feel free to give us a call at (603) 644- 8334.
Neurological Disorders We Treat:
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
- Huntington’s Disease (HD)
- Parkinson’s Disease (PD) and Parkinsonism
- Multiple System Atrophy
- Myasthenia Gravis
- Paraplegic and/or High Functioning Spinal Cord Injuries* (ASIA C&D)
- Traumatic and Acquired Brain Injuries* (mild to moderate injury)
- Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS)
- Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP)
*We are able to treat individuals requiring no greater than moderate assistance of one, meaning you perform at least 50 percent or more of the work necessary to move and the physical therapist performs the rest.
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 inquiries here.
Karolina Kozlova, PT, DPT, Board Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist, Vestibular Rehab Specialist is passionate about evaluation and treatment of all neurological diagnoses with a particularly strong interest in vestibular and concussion management. During her time as a resident, she received extensive training in treatment of stroke, spinal cord and brain injuries, concussion/vestibular disorders, and neurodegenerative disorders. If you would like to know more about Karolina, check out her bio. To ask her a question, send your inquiries here.