Vestibular (Inner Ear/balance) Disorders

Vestibular disorders may be caused by dysfunction and/or damage to the inner ear, accidents resulting in neck involvement, age related changes or brain disorders.

What causes Vestibular Disorders?

Vestibular disorders may be caused by dysfunction and/or damage to the inner ear, accidents resulting in neck involvement, age related changes or brain disorders. Some types may have no identifiable cause.

Symptoms of Vestibular Disorders May Include:

  • Dizziness/vertigo, or a sensation of whirling, spinning or floating when you are actually standing or sitting still
  • Lightheadedness accompanied by the feeling you might faint
  • Poor balance control or lack of coordination that makes you prone to stumbling and falling
  • Oscillopsia (severe visual blurring when you move your head side to side)
  • Headaches, nausea and vomiting

Vestibular Disorder Treatment

Treatment may consist of exercise for postural awareness, balance training and oculomotor training. Wright PT specializes in the management of the following vestibular disorders:

  • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo
  • Cervicogenic vertigo
  • Meniere’s disease
  • Vestibulopathy
  • Perilymph fistula
  • Gait/balance dysfunction
  • Symptoms due to neurologic disorders

 

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