I was impressed w/ exercises that were used to resolve my dizziness. Diron is very knowledgeable and skilled in bringing relief, when I didn’t know what to do. I would recommend Vortex to anyone with balance issues.
Getting the Right Treatment for Dizziness
At Vortex Physical Therapy and Balance, we understand how difficult life can be when you’re dealing with vestibular issues. Basic daily activities, such as getting out of bed, driving, and working on a computer may suddenly make you feel off-balance, dizzy or nauseous. This can be very frustrating and over time may lead to fear and anxiety.
Many people go to their primary medical provider or Urgent Care with complaints of dizziness, only to be told there is no treatment. Others are given medications that temporarily mask their symptoms, but come with unwanted side effects, such as drowsiness. Since vestibular therapy is still very specialized, some medical providers are unaware of the benefits for treating dizziness and related symptoms. It is not unusual for our clients to see multiple medical providers before reaching our office. Vestibular issues are often complex and difficult to diagnose. However, the sooner you are diagnosed, the sooner you can start working on your recovery.
We recommend visiting an otolaryngologist (ENT doctor) or a neurologist with experience in diagnosing vestibular issues, to identify the cause of your symptoms and provide a proper diagnosis. However, this is not required to begin vestibular rehabilitation. We will work with your medical providers and share our findings with them to ensure you are getting the most appropriate and effective care for your condition.
When you are scheduled for your evaluation, your therapist will test your vestibular and balance systems and explain how it all works together. After your first visit, you will have a much better understanding of what you are experiencing and how vestibular therapy can help you. At this time, your vestibular therapist will make a recommendation on how many visits you may need and how often you should come for therapy. A typical schedule would start out at twice a week for 5 weeks (or once a week for 8-10). The vestibular rehabilitation program includes weekly office visits with a robust home exercise program.
What is Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT)?
Vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT) is a specialized form of physical therapy focused on the vestibular system and inner ear dysfunction. Most vestibular disorders can be successfully treated with vestibular rehabilitation therapy to alleviate symptoms related to dizziness and imbalance.
The vestibular therapy process involves a thorough evaluation and assessment of your vestibular, proprioception and vision systems. Your therapist will use these results to build an appropriate treatment plan to address your issues. During your appointments, you will learn a series of exercises that you will be expected to complete at home throughout the week. At each subsequent appointment, your therapist will review and progress your exercises.
Your commitment to the program is the biggest factor in a successful recovery. There are no quick fixes or magic pills with vestibular issues- retraining your brain and your vestibular system to work together again in unison takes time.