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Vestibular dysfunction can take away independence and safety by
affecting your equilibrium and sense of balance. Symptoms include
exaggerated sense of motion, lack of coordinated movement, dizziness,
vertigo, nausea and vomiting, difficulty with walking, motion sickness,
blurred vision with head movement, an inability to visually concentrate
and/or sensitivity to busy environments.
Common vestibular conditions include: Benign Paroxysmal
Positional Vertigo (BPPV), Meniere's, Unilateral/Bilateral vestibular
weakness or Vestibulopathy, Vestibular neuritis, Labyrinthitis, and Mal
de Barquement Syndrome (MdDS) (sensation of movement that lasts more
than a few days that is common after cruises and airplane travel).
Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is one of the most
common causes of vertigo and can be characterized by the sudden
sensation that you're spinning or that your head is spinning inside.
BPPV often is described as brief episodes of dizziness, ranging from
mild to intense, and is often triggered by changes in the position of
your head, turning over in bed, or sitting up quickly. BPPV symptoms are
due to displaced crystals of calcium, called otoconia, that have
collected within a part of the inner ear. Head movements cause the
displaced otoconia to shift, sending false signals to the brain.
About 20% of all dizziness is due to BPPV. In older people, about
50% of the time their dizziness is due to BPPV. Treatment for BPPV can
be successful within just a few visits. Specific body and head movements
can be performed to move the crystals out of the canal.
Vestibular Rehabilitation (VRT) is an exercise-based group of
approaches designed to decrease dizziness, improve ability to stabilize
vision, and retrain aspects of postural control due to vestibular
dysfunction. Our vestibular specialists are trained in a variety of
maneuvers and methods to treat vestibular dysfunction, including the
Epley maneuver, Canalith repositioning, Brandt-Daroff, Semont's
liberatory maneuver, and many others.
KORT has more than two dozen locations with physical therapists that
have completed vestibular rehabilitation training by The American
Institute of Balance (AIB).
If you'd like to learn more about balance disorders, their causes,
and effective treatment strategies, the National Institutes of Health
website has useful information about Balance Disorders.