I was impressed w/ exercises that were used to resolve my dizziness. My therapist 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 vestibular issues can negatively impact your daily life. Basic activities, such as getting out of bed, driving, grocery shopping or working on a computer may suddenly make you feel dizzy, off-balance, or nauseous. Not only is this frustrating, over time it often creates 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. Some are given medications that temporarily mask symptoms, but come with unwanted side effects, like drowsiness. There are some medical providers who may be unaware of the benefits of vestibular therapy for treating dizziness and related symptoms. Our clients often visit multiple medical providers before reaching our office because vestibular issues can be complex and difficult to diagnose.
We recommend visiting an otolaryngologist (ENT) or a neurologist with experience in diagnosing vestibular issues to identify the cause of your symptoms and provide a proper diagnosis. However, you do NOT need a diagnosis to begin vestibular rehabilitation. We will work with your medical providers and provide the information they need to ensure you are getting the most appropriate and effective care.
At your evaluation, your physical therapist will conduct a series of tests that look at how your vestibular system is functioning, along with your vision and proprioception to maintain your balance. After your first visit, you will have a much better understanding of what you are experiencing and how vestibular therapy can help you.
Your vestibular therapist will provide a personalized program based on your needs. Schedules are typically twice a week for 5 weeks (or once a week for 8-10). The 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.