•  Vestibular Rehabilitation 

    Physical therapy can provide people who suffer from debilitating chronic dizziness or vertigo relief of their symptoms.

    Vestibular rehabilitation therapy is available at Rome Memorial Hospital’s outpatient center, located at 107 E. Chestnut St.

    Balance is achieved through a sensory control system that includes input from the eyes, the muscles and joints, and the vestibular system within the inner ear that senses motion. When any part of this control system is damaged, due to disease or injury, the brain can no longer rely on them for accurate information about equilibrium and motion. Dizziness, vertigo, balance problems and other symptoms may result.

    According to the Vestibular Disorders Association, many people are able to recover from these symptoms on their own after a few weeks of normal activity because the brain has adapted with a process called vestibular compensation.

    Vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT) is an exercise-based program designed to promote central nervous system compensation for inner ear deficits. At Chestnut Commons specially trained physical therapists are qualified to treat symptoms of dizziness and balance problems associated with vestibular disorders.

    Those who are experiencing dizziness should see their doctor first to determine what is causing the problem. The doctor may then prescribe VRT to treat their dizziness.

    Feelings of dizziness may be caused by two separate vestibular problems. There is Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), which is a result of crystals that float in the inner ear getting out of position; and there is central processing, which involves retraining your brain to process the feeling of balance.
    Common causes of dizziness include:

    • Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
    • Labyrinthitis or vestibular neuronitis (from viral infections)
    • Migraine-related dizziness
    • Concussion
    • Traumatic brain injury
    • Meniere’s disease
    • Acoustic neuroma (benign tumor on the vestibular nerve)
    • Bilateral vestibular loss from ototoxic medications damaging the vestibular system
    • Unilateral vestibular hypofunction (the vestibular system is not working properly)

    The treatments for the different types of vestibular issues are very different, but both types of problems can be treated by the physical therapists.

    There are different types of dizziness. People with BPPV typically experience dizziness or light headedness when they lie down or change position quickly. With dizziness due to head trauma or some other injury, it may feel like the room is spinning all the time.

    Not all patients who experience symptoms of dizziness will benefit from VRT so it is vital for anyone with any type of dizziness or balance problems to see a doctor to determine if the therapy is appropriate for their condition.

    For more information about VRT or any of the physical therapy options available at Chestnut Commons Therapy, call 337-7952.