Vestibular (Vertigo)

Symptoms due to Vertigo and Dizziness (or vestibular disorders) can severely diminish your quality of life and impact all aspects of daily living. They also contribute to emotional problems such as anxiety and depression. Additionally, one of the consequences of having a vestibular disorder is that symptoms frequently cause people to adopt a sedentary lifestyle in order to avoid experiencing dizziness and imbalance. As a result, decreased muscle strength and flexibility, increased joint stiffness, and reduced stamina can often occur.

Evidence has shown that vestibular rehabilitation can be effective in improving symptoms related to many vestibular (inner ear/balance) disorders. It is an exercise-based program primarily designed to reduce vertigo and dizziness, gaze instability, and/or imbalance and falls.

As with all of our assessments we conduct a thorough evaluation to identify patient specific causes of your symptoms and with our higher-level training we develop individualized treatment strategies to treat your specific vestibular issues.  Vestibular treatment helps patients to manage and overcome dizziness, imbalance, and other vestibular symptoms all together.

Some Treatments May Include:

  • Canalith Repositioning Maneuver
  • Balance Retraining
  • Gaze Stabilization Strategies
  • Habituation Exercises
  • Individualized Home Exercise Program

Concussions

If you or someone you know has ever suffered from a concussion you know that the effects can be life altering. Most commonly concussions occur from a traumatic impact injury and happen frequently in sports or car accidents. Symptoms frequently include headaches, sensitivity to light and / or sound, confusion, poor balance, fatigue, sleep disturbances, dizziness, nausea, irritability, memory problems, emotional disturbances and personality changes. Whether immediately following the initial injury or months down the line if you are having these symptoms you would benefit greatly from a skilled and trained physical therapist. Specific exercise programs, education and vestibular rehabilitation is extremely important for those who have suffered a concussion. The therapists at Quincy Physical Therapy are trained and ready to help you work through the affects you are experiencing and get you back to your sport or daily activities you enjoy with managed and recovering symptoms.