Dizziness & Balance

Dizziness & Balance

Did you know that than 40 percent of adults over the age of 40 experience dizziness at some point? Dizziness may include a variety of sensations such as vertigo, imbalance, the perception of swimming or floating and light-headedness.

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Some symptoms are mild while others are debilitating and constant. But you don’t have to suffer; Excel Physical Therapy provides physical therapy services that can reduce dizziness and improve balance so you can get back to life.

Treatment for dizziness and balance

Excel Physical Therapy has a number of rehabilitation therapies to treat dizziness and poor balance. Our therapists have advanced training in vestibular rehabilitation and work closely with a network of physicians to determine the root cause of dizziness. Treatment is designed to meet your individual needs on a case by case basis.

Vestibular rehabilitation can decrease dizziness and imbalance. The professionals at Excel Physical Therapy will do an extensive evaluation and partner with neurologists, internal medicine physicians, ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialists and others to determine the cause of the dizziness or imbalance. Treatment may include exercises that can eliminate the cause of the symptoms and help the brain adapt to abnormal signals. Treatments vary depending on diagnosis and symptoms, and our physical therapists develop treatment plans that are unique to your symptoms. Some patients are able to eliminate symptoms in as little as one to three treatments while others see improvement over a six to eight week period.

Understanding balance and vestibular disorders

Vestibular disorders are associated with the inner ear and certain parts of the brain. Vestibular disorders can result in a loss of balance—thus increasing the risk of falling. Balance disorders can also reduce strength and endurance and lead to fatigue and anxiety. Symptoms of vestibular disorders include:

  • Vertigo
  • General dizziness
  • Dizziness with head motion
  • Motion sickness with nausea
  • Dizziness with looking up or down
  • Dizziness with rolling in bed or lying down
  • Poor vision with head movements
  • Poor balance
  • Loss of balance in dim light
  • Ringing in ears

Dizziness can result from a number of factors including:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Low blood pressure and central nervous system disorders
  • Certain medications
  • Ear infections
  • Changes in blood flow to the brain and/or inner ear
  • Vestibular disorders
  • Neck problems

Vestibular system disorders

Vestibular system disorders can include:

  • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)
  • Meniere’s disease
  • Partial or complete loss of vestibular function
  • Vestibular neuritis
  • Labyrinthitis
  • Brain injury
  • Post Concussive Syndrome (PCS)
  • Skull fractures
  • Stroke