Vestibular Rehabilitation by Russett Rehabilitation

If you’re experiencing dizziness, vertigo, unsteadiness, and/or visual problems, you may have problems with your vestibular system. The vestibular system is the part of the inner ear and the brain that helps control your balance, position sense, and coordinated eye movements.

Need help with dizziness or vertigo?

Our team specializes in the assessment, diagnosis and rehabilitation of patients with vestibular disorders. Contact us now to book your in-person consultation or treatment session

Vestibular disorders

The majority of vestibular disorders are peripheral, that is, related to the inner ear. The most common peripheral vestibular disorder is benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). Other conditions include post-concussion syndrome, vestibular neuritis, vestibular labyrinthitis, vestibular hypofunciton, vestibular migraine, cervicogenic dizziness, Meniere’s disease, age related change and more.

Typical symptoms of vestibular disorders include:

  • Vertigo (spinning sensation)
  • Dizziness
  • Difficulty reading or concentrating
  • Poor balance
  • Motion sensitivity
  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Decreased tolerance to crowds
  • Blurring of vision with head movements
  • Difficulty watching TV

Causes of vestibular disorders

There are a variety of causes for vestibular disorder, including:

  • Head trauma (motor vehicle accidents, falls, sports injuries)
  • Inner ear infections
  • Illness or diseases such as Ménière’s disease
  • Aging
  • Concussion
  • Certain medications
  • Loose calcium crystals in your ear canals (BPPV)

How we diagnose and treat vestibular disorders

At Russett Rehabilitation, we take a thorough history of your problem. We use a variety of diagnostic techniques including neurological testing and BPPV testing such as the Dix-Hallpike test or Head-Roll test to establish if you have BPPV.

We then help you recover with an individualized program which may include:

  • Repositioning maneuvres to relocate the crystals if your impairment is BPPV (Epley)
  • Vestibular Rehabilitation exercises
  • Balance re-training
  • Manual therapy to regain mobility of the neck
  • Activity modifications and education

Your concussion experts at Russett Rehabilitation:

Our concussion treatment team include: