Vestibular Rehab

Dizziness and nausea don’t have to be part of your daily life. At Gwinnett SportsRehab, we’re helping patients cope with and overcome vestibular disorders through rehabilitation and education.

What is a Vestibular Disorder?
The parts of your inner ear and brain that control balance and eye movement are called the vestibular system. If disease or injury damages these areas, a vestibular disorder can result.

Vestibular rehabilitation and balance retraining are exercises aimed at decreasing the dizziness and nausea caused by vestibular disorders such as vertigo, vestibular neuronitis and labyrinthitis.

Goals of Vestibular Rehabilitation:

  • Decreasing or eliminating dizziness/vertigo
  • Improving visual motor control, stabilizing gaze and improving motion tolerance
  • Improving balance, function and safety
  • Increasing activity level
  • Reducing falls or risk of falls

Who would benefit from Vestibular Rehabilitation and balance retraining?
Patients suffering from vertigo and imbalance from central and peripheral vestibular disorders may benefit from vestibular rehabilitation and balance retraining. Diagnosis may include BPPV, vestibular neuronitis, post concussion syndrome, cerebellar stroke and multiple sclerosis.

Treatment Approach
A physical therapist certified in vestibular rehabilitation performs a comprehensive evaluation and develops a plan of care based on evaluative findings. The evaluation includes a visual motor assessment, a vertigo assessment, a neuromuscular assessment and a balance and fall risk assessment.

Specialized Tools and Testing:

  • CDVAT (Computerized Dynamic Visual Acuity Testing), age-adjusted)
  • Infrared goggle nystagmus evaluation
  • BPPV testing and canalith repositioning procedures
  • American Institute of Balance Standardized Tests for Balance

Referrals
Vestibular rehabilitation requires a physician referral. For more information about the vestibular rehabilitation program at Gwinnett SportsRehab or to schedule an appointment, call 678-312-2803.