Vestibular and Balance

Vestibular Rehab, Balance & Falls
Loss of balance or dizziness is the second most common complaint heard in doctor's offices today. As many as 76 million Americans will experience these symptoms at some time during their lives. Although very common, acute or chronic problems with equilibrium may indicate serious health risks, or limit a person's everyday living.

Regaining Our Balance...
Both vestibular rehabilitation and balance retraining are exciting and successful new treatments for dizziness and balance disorders. Thousands of patients throughout the country are getting better and returning to normal lives because of these programs.

Common Diagnoses With Which We Work Include:

  • Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
  • Labyrinthitis/Neuritis
  • Cervicogenic Dizziness
  • Head & Neck Trauma
  • Peripheral Neuropathies
  • Ménière's Disease
  • Vestibular Migraine
  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Ototoxicity
  • Mal de Debarquement
  • Age-related Dizziness & Balance Problems

Vestibular rehabilitation and balance retraining through a process called adaptation and compensation, actually reprogram the vestibular system's connections within the brain on how to adjust to the imbalance. The type of therapy depends on the cause of the equilibrium problem.

Once a patient has been referred to Suncare Physical Therapy, their individual needs are carefully assessed by a licensed therapist who takes into consideration the person’s medical status, lifestyle, and activity requirements for work and daily living.

Evaluation of the patient with a balance disorder is a specific and through process with special attention focused on each patient's particular condition and goals. Functional outcome studies are performed utilizing computerized balance testing, and then progress updates are sent on a regular basis, which report and track patient outcomes.

As always, proper diagnosis must precede initiation of any of these four general categories of therapy. One or more of the categories may be used. The goal is always to make the patient better as quickly as possible.

  1. Self Directed Exercises.
  2. Vestibular Rehabilitation.
  3. Balance Retraining.
  4. Canalith Repositioning/Liberatory Maneuver Desensitization.

Our program includes an evaluation by one of our licensed physical certified in vestibular rehabilitation in order to develop an appropriate treatment plan.

Reimbursement for treatment at our centers is approved by Medicare Manage Care Organization and private commercial carriers.