Balance and Vestibular Disorders
Balance disorders can make simple activities like getting out of a chair or tying your shoes difficult. They can also be dangerous, increasing your risk of falling or having accidents while driving. More than 12 million Americans have balance or dizziness problems, and falls are the leading cause of injury among older adults.
Our therapist is one of the
few in this area certified to
treat vestibular disorders.
She has specialized in area
of balance dysfunction
since 2004, and earned
Herdeman certification in
vestibular rehab from
Emory University in 2010.
She can also rehab
dizziness that is the
symptom of other issues,
like car wrecks or traumatic
Baptist Medical Group-Outpatient Care Center offers therapy specifically designed to evaluate and treat vestibular, or balance disorders, performed by a therapist certified in vestibular rehabilitation. Our program can help you lead a safer, more independent life.
With access to an array of system services for comprehensive testing and evaluation of balance and vestibular disorders, our therapists employ a variety of functional and manual retraining techniques designed to keep patients on their feet. At Baptist Medical Group-Outpatient Care Center, the NeuroCom Balance Master is used for objective, computerized evaluation, training and documentation of patients' progress.
Signs of a Balance Disorder
Although balance disorders are more common for those 55 and up, they can affect anyone. Therapy can address all these issues and provide you with education for dealing with day-to-day challenges. Among the symptoms that could indicate balance problems are:
- Dizziness or vertigo
- Repeated falls
- Difficulty walking
- Decreased ability to perform cognitive tasks
- Visual disturbances
- Sensitivity to noise
- Nausea/loss of appetite
- Sleep disturbances
What Causes Balance Problems and Dizziness?
Balance disorders can be caused by conditions such as hypo- and hyperglycemia, arteriosclerosis, arrhythmia, and certain medications. They can also be caused by trauma, stress, and fatigue, among many other triggers.
For those experiencing balance problems, poor lighting, uneven surfaces, sudden movements, elevators and curbs can all trigger discomfort, nausea, and falls.
Our certified therapist can help your internist or gerontologist evaluate your systems and plan a course of therapy.
Vestibular rehabilitation is an exercise approach to decrease or eliminate symptoms of dizziness, imbalance, or nausea due to an inner ear disorder. It is a specialized form of physical therapy to decrease, if not eliminate a patient's complaints of dizziness or unsteadiness due to the vestibular system, the central nervous system or the musculoskeletal system. Our program usually treats patients 1-2 times per week for 6-8 weeks, but a daily home education program is a necessity and daily walking activities are recommended.