What is vestibular and balance rehabilitation?
Vestibular and balance rehabilitation, or rehab, is a form of physical therapy developed to improve balance and function for patients dealing with vertigo and other conditions. The vestibular system is part of the inner ear and helps control our sense of balance and spatial awareness. Disorders of the vestibular system can result in severe dizziness, known as vertigo, that can have a severe effect on quality of life.
By working with a physical therapist to create a vestibular and balance rehabilitation program, patients can improve their balance and movements while learning techniques to prevent and manage dizzy spells. To learn more about this form of therapy, take a few moments to read the following overview. If you have any questions or need more information, please contact our team at USA Spine Care at any time.
How do vestibular disorders and vertigo develop?
The vestibular system is a series of canals in the inner ear that are filled with fluid. As we change direction and move around, the state of this fluid is altered and signals are sent to the brain to help us stay balanced. Vestibular disorders can develop due to a number of factors, including the fluid levels or the signals to the brain becoming disrupted.
Common causes for this can include:
- Ear infections
- Poor circulation and cardiovascular problems
- Buildup of fluid
- Migraine headaches
- Concussions and other brain injuries
- Side effects of medication
People may also experience balance problems due to soft tissue injuries and conditions such as arthritis that can severely restrict movement.
Vestibular and balance rehab — what to expect
Vestibular and balance rehab will initially begin with an evaluation and balance tests to determine the patient’s current condition. From there, a therapist can work with the patient to develop a vestibular and balance rehab program that includes balance and posture training exercises, eye movement training and other techniques.
Sessions can vary depending on the patient and the specific cause of vertigo or imbalance. Patients will also be given education on how to recognize and counteract dizzy spells and at-home exercises that can be performed.
Vestibular and balance rehab cost
Physical therapy and rehab practices like vestibular and balance rehab costs typically depend on the number of sessions, the need for additional treatments and insurance coverage. USA Spine Care works with Medicare patients, most private health insurances, as well as workers’ compensation and personal injury cases. One of our representatives can answer your questions about the cost of conservative treatments like vestibular and balance rehab.
Learn more about physical therapy programs
At USA Spine Care, we provide a full array of conservative treatment options for people dealing with debilitating pain and mobility problems. To learn more about how we can help you find relief and a more active lifestyle, contact our team today.
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