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.
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,
Charlotte Morris experienced a fall while on vacation in Florida. She hit her head in the fall, causing a concussion and diminished balance which of course put her at an even higher fall risk. The increased dizziness has created a real fear of falling again therefore, she needed a walker to feel safe when walking.
It’s balance week here at Elite, and we want to highlight one of our youngest patients, Blake Huggins. Blake is a twin sibling born in 2007 at just 5 pounds, 9 ounces. Blake is a miracle baby because he was born with only half a functional heart. He was born with a congenital heart defect known as Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS).
When a child presents with vestibular disorder symptoms, it can easily be missed, overlooked or misunderstood. For example, we may dismiss the signs and symptoms by thinking the child is just simply genetically uncoordinated. Since children affected with vestibular disorder often do not know that how they feel is different or know how to describe how they are feeling,