Vestibular Therapy and Concussion

Boone outpatient physical therapy has certified vestibular and concussion therapists through the American Institute of Balance that are specialized in treating various conditions that cause vertigo, dizziness or imbalance. The vestibular system is comprised of both the inner ear which controls a person's equilibrium and the brain that processes this information. During your first visit you can expect a thorough evaluation to determine an individualized treatment plan that could consist of repositioning maneuvers for BPPV, balance/postural training, visual exercises, cervical spine treatment, and exercises that normalize the input from your inner ear to your brain in order to address your symptoms.

Common conditions that we treat are BPPV, vestibulopathy, cervicogenic dizziness and concussion.

What is BPPV?

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo is a condition in which crystals (otoconia) break free and float into the semicircular canals of the inner ear. Common complaints are the room spinning and vertigo that occurs with rolling over in bed, getting into or out of bed, bending forward or looking up.

What is vestibulopathy?

A change or reduction in one or both of the balance portions of the inner ear, caused by infection, illness, trauma or the natural aging process. Common complaints are blurry vision with rapid head movement, visually provoked motion intolerance or imbalance.

What is cervicogenic dizziness?

Cervical dizziness is caused by inflammatory or degenerative changes in the neck or neck musculature. These problems within the neck can disrupt the neck's ability to perceive position and movement. Common complaints are dizziness arising from head movements such as bending forward or turning to the side. Associated symptoms are neck stiffness, guarded movement and referred pain to head, neck or arms.

What is concussion?

A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury that affects the brain’s function temporarily. This can be caused by any impact or jolt to the head. You don’t have to hit your head to sustain a concussion. Common complaints that we treat are headache, imbalance, dizziness, blurred vision with head movement, and neck pain.

If it has been over a week and you are still dealing with symptoms of your concussion, it is time to seek help.

If you think vestibular therapy may be right for you, reach out to your physician to ask about a referral to one of our highly qualified vestibular therapists.