Having a vestibular issue can range from mild symptoms such as slight ringing in the ears, to more difficult symptoms such as headaches, to the most dangerous of symptoms such as dizziness that leads to falling. Even the mildest of symptoms are not something you just have to live with. There are ways to get you better,
If you have been experiencing some balance deficits for various reasons which can include, a traumatic brain injury, vertigo and/or general weakness, physical therapy can be beneficial for decreasing your fall risk and helping you to gain confidence to perform all of your usual daily activities. After an evaluation to determine where your balance deficits lie,
At some point in our lives many of us will experience some decrease in our ability to maintain balance. Some causes of balance deficits can be, injury or surgery on a lower extremity, trauma to the brain such as a fall, car accident or stroke, general weakness from illness or aging and vestibular (inner ear) causes.
Have you ever been on a roller coaster and when you get your feet back on the ground, you feel like the world is moving or that you’re still on the ride? Imagine having that feeling off and on, or even all day long. That is the way most vertigo patients describe it.
Studies have indicated that at least 10 weeks of imbalance intervention can decrease fall risk for several months afterwards. Continuing with physical therapy (PT) for 10 weeks is not always possible so continuing with appropriate exercise after discharging from PT is imperative. Your therapist can provide with exercises to perform in that are effective,
Fall risk assessment is critical for older adults. Did you know that falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admission among adults 65 years and older? It doesn’t take long for a medical professional to notice an unpleasant pattern with elderly patients who are admitted after a fall.
When Doris Pedrick went to the Williamson County Fair, she rode a wild ride. For the next week, she felt like she was still on that ride. Her walking was unsteady, the room felt like it was spinning, and she simply did not feel well. Doris had vertigo triggered by fast head movements she experienced on that fun ride at the fair.