Vertigo and Dizziness

Physical Therapy can help with dizziness and vertigo disorders. Dizziness and balance problems account for up to 10% of all physician visits.  Dizziness affects approximately 50% of all adults at some time.  Dizziness is the number one reason for physician visits in persons over the age of 65.

Dizziness is used to describe a variety of sensations ( light headed, swaying, disoriented).   Vertigo is a specific type of dizziness defined as the illusion of movement occurring in the environment.  Dizziness and Vertigo are NOT interchangeable terms.  Because the causes of dizziness are so varied, medical assessment should be conducted prior to initiating treatment.

Dizziness can be caused by a variety of conditions, but typically occurs from poor perception in the joints / muscles combined with visual tracking problems and inner ear coordination with your vestibular system. When the brain receives all these mixed signals, it becomes confused and dizziness occurs. Vertigo is a spinning sensation that typically occurs because of problems between the visual tracking and balance systems in the inner ear.

Physical therapy plays a crucial role in helping dizziness and vertigo, by performing several key treatments. Physical therapists can help you feel more in control and in some cases can achieve instant results with specialized procedures. In other cases, balance and coordination training diminish the symptoms and allow you to move without dizziness or vertigo.

Our expert physical therapists have years of training in movement and balance analysis. We evaluate your leg strength, movement, balance reflexes and much more to determine exactly where your balance problem lies. We then formulate a complete treatment plan that will improve your balance and train you on what you can do to maintain the improvement.