Dizziness can be caused by a variety of conditions: Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), labrynthitis, neuritis, Meniere’s disease just to name a few. When individuals have BPPV, crystals (otoconia) move within the inner ear and cause the perception of vertigo or the feeling of “the world spinning.” If dizziness occurs due to labrynthitis or neuritis, the vestibular system becomes weakened, which may cause balance and walking problems. A hallmark sign of vestibular weakness is the feeling of “being in a fog” or “rocking on a boat” when moving.
Physical therapists play a crucial role in the assessment of dizziness and vertigo by performing several key assessment techniques. If someone has suspected BPPV (vertigo), examination is performed using infrared goggle technology to identify the part of the inner ear involved. If diagnosed properly, BPPV can be treated in as little as 1-2 treatment sessions. If someone has more balance challenges and feelings of dizziness, we will perform very specific balance tests to identify where your balance problem lies. We will then develop a customized treatment plan involving specific balance training and visual coordination exercises.
Trained by Dr. Susan Whitney of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, an international authority in the field of vestibular rehabilitation with over 75 peer-reviewed publications, our expert physical therapists have years of training in movement and balance analysis.
Come in today for a balance and fall prevention screening with one of our physical therapists!
Some of the Common Conditions We Treat:
- BPPV ( benign positional vertigo)
- Fall Risk
- Balance deficiency