Dizziness is a fairly common complaint among the greying generation. Feelings of dizziness and unsteadiness can last a few seconds or up to several hours. In some, there is a perceived sense of continual imbalance and unsteadiness. Often,
persons experience an onset of symptoms with quick head movements, turning over in bed, or with any position change. When these symptoms are left untreated they can lead to an increased risk of falls.
It is important to prevent this progression because It has been reported that falls are the leading cause of Traumatic Brain Injury, bone fracture, and accidental death
in persons over the age of 65.
All is not lost, these symptoms can be treated! The American Institute of Balance reports that 85% of all forms of dizziness can be helped once a diagnosis is made.
Vestibular certified physical therapists are trained to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of several of these disorders. Addressing these symptoms early is important!
At Pursue Physical Therapy in Royersford, PA (www.PursuePhysicalTherapy.com), treatment options are dependent on your symptoms, which leads to highly individualized treatments. Your physical therapist will perform a thorough evaluation to test your balance, eye movements, coordination and sensitivity to position changes.
Renee Crickmore, Pursue Physical Therapy's Clinic Director, and Certified Vestibular Therapist may use one or a combination of the following treatments to address the symptoms found at your evaluation:
Repositioning Maneuvers: typically only 2-4 sessions performed for patients who experience positional vertigo, often caused by an inner ear dysfunction.
Vestibular rehabilitation: for patients with a higher risk of falls,
combined with balance training, this focuses on multi-tasking to improve
cognitive function, coordination of reflexes of the inner ear and vision.
Balance training: focus on fall prevention, strengthening of legs and
core, dynamic balance practice under close supervision of a physical therapist to improve a patient’s limits of stability.
Manual therapy: to address relative dysfunctions of the neck and shoulder girdle
which may be contributing to dizziness.
Pursue Physical Therapy is located on-site at Dr. Kuznits' Neurosurgical Care in Royersford, PA.
References: www.dizzy.com, www.nih.gov