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. 

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. Our therapists are Certified Vestibular Rehabilitation Specialists (VRS) which is given to therapists who take an extensive course. We are specialized in these vertigo events and know how to quickly diagnose and treat them!

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/vertigo 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.

Headaches

Headaches can come from a variety of sources – no two headaches are the same! Our therapists are specially trained to act like detectives and search out the cause of your pain.  We will take the time to listen to your symptoms and your limitations to address the underlying causes of your headaches.  Our highly trained team of Physical Therapists will take you through a full evaluation to pinpoint the main cause of your headaches. We will utilize the most advanced treatment techniques which may include intramuscular therapy/ trigger point dry needling, spinal mobilizations and manipulations, and a tailored exercise program to address your specific needs.

You will leave the evaluation with a complete plan of action to get you living with less pain and back to the activities you love to do. During your treatment sessions we will perform hands-on treatment to get you better faster and develop a routine for you to continue to build strength and flexibility.  You will also learn how to perform your daily activities with better body mechanics to avoid relapses.

If you would like to learn more before coming into Quincy Physical Therapy, give us a call at 617-481-2000 and ask to speak to a therapist regarding your symptoms or condition. You can also schedule a discovery session to learn more in person as well without committing to starting therapy.