One recent large epidemiological study estimates that as many as 35% of adults aged 40 years or older in the United States—approximately 69 million Americans—have experienced some form of vestibular dysfunction. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), a further 4% (8 million) of American adults report a chronic problem with balance, while an additional 1.1% (2.4 million) report a chronic problem with dizziness alone. Eighty percent of people aged 65 years and older have experienced dizziness, and BPPV, the most common vestibular disorder, is the cause of approximately 50% of dizziness in older people. Overall, vertigo from a vestibular problem accounts for a third of all dizziness and vertigo symptoms reported to health care professionals.
The vestibular system includes the parts of the inner ear and brain that process the sensory information involved with controlling balance and eye movements. If disease or injury damages these processing areas, vestibular disorders can result. Vestibular disorders can also result from or be worsened by genetic or environmental conditions, or occur for unknown reasons.
We at Good Life Physical Therapy are here to help! What kinds of treatment can you expect from us?
1. Specialized Vertigo treatment* including:
a. Evaluation to find the cause of your dizziness (may include specialized tests including cranial nerve testing of the Dix Hallpike maneuver)
b. Treatments to help alleviate your vertigo based on your examination. Treatments range from full Vestibular Rehab to 1-2 sessions in which the Epley Maneuver is performed
c. Instructional Handouts and/or Home Exercise program to help prevent the return of your vertigo.
We tailor all of our treatments to specifically treat your symptoms based on your presentation, symptoms, and our examination findings. If your have questions or concerns about what you can expect at Good Life Therapy, please don't hesitate to Contact Us.
1) Laguguen R; Initial Evaluation of Vertigo. January 2006; Available from: http://www.aafp.org/afp/2006/0115/p244.html. (Accessed October 2014 ).
2) Vestibular Disorders Association; About Vestibular Disorders. Available from: http://vestibular.org/understanding-vestibular-disorder (Accessed October 2014 ).
*all treatments will be completed after evaluation and based on diagnosis and determination from physical therapist