If you are diagnosed with a vestibular disorder, a vestibular rehabilitation evaluation and therapy may be recommended. This evaluation is conducted by a physical or occupational therapist with additional specialized training in vestibular and balance disorders.
After reviewing your symptoms and other pertinent medical history, the therapist will analyze your strength, flexibility, coordination, gait, balance and posture.
The results of all of these examinations will indicate whether you are a candidate for further rehabilitation therapy.
Vestibular and balance therapies involve positioning maneuvers for reducing the symptoms of dizziness and imbalance. Therapy may also include exercises for coordinating eye and head movements, desensitizing the vestibular system, and stabilizing the gaze to improve walking and balance.
Vestibular rehabilitation has been shown to be effective in managing dizziness and reducing balance problems, thereby lowering the risk of injuries due to falls. Most patients report that they have fewer symptoms and are able to return to activities that are important in their daily lives.