Below is a list of just some of the more common conditions we treat. Please call us if you are experiencing something not listed to discuss your condition with one of our PTs.
- Wrist and Arm Pain/Strains/Sprains
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Tennis Elbow/Lateral Epicondylitis
- Golfer’s Elbow/Medial Epicondylitis
- Shoulder Tendonitis/Bursitis/Dislocations
- Frozen Shoulder / Adhesive Capsulitis
- Rotator Cuff Pre and Post-operative
- Foot and Ankle Pain/Sprains/Tendinitis
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Sports Injuries / Return Risk Assessment
- Patellofemoral Syndrome
- ACL Rehabilitation
- Hip/Knee Arthritis
- Joint Replacement Rehabilitation
- Low Back Pain/Strain
- Disc Herniations/Degeneration
- Cervical Sprain
- Whiplash / MVA
- Sacroiliac (SIJ) Strain
- Thoracic Spine and Rib Pain
General / Specialties:
- Changes in Bladder Control
- Vestibular/Balance Dysfunction
- Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
- Chronic Spinal Pain
- Ankylosing Spondylitis
WHAT IS VESTIBULAR REHABILITATION?
Vestibular rehabilitation (VR), or vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT) is a specialized form of therapy intended to alleviate both the primary and secondary problems caused by vestibular disorders. It is an exercise-based program primarily designed to reduce vertigo and dizziness, gaze instability, and/or imbalance and falls. For most people with a vestibular disorder the deficit is permanent because the amount of restoration of vestibular function is very small. However, after vestibular system damage, people can feel better and function can return through compensation. This occurs because the brain learns to use other senses (vision and somatosensory, i.e. body sense) to substitute for the deficient vestibular system. The health of particular parts of the nervous system (brainstem and cerebellum, visual, and somatosensory sensations) is important in determining the extent of recovery that can be gained through compensation.
For many, compensation occurs naturally over time, but for people whose symptoms do not reduce and who continue to have difficulty returning to daily activities, VRT can help with recovery by promoting compensation.3The goal of VRT is to use a problem-oriented approach to promote compensation. This is achieved by customizing exercises to address each person’s specific problem(s). Therefore, before an exercise program can be designed, a comprehensive clinical examination is needed to identify problems related to the vestibular disorder. Depending on the vestibular-related problem(s) identified, three principal methods of exercise can be prescribed:
- Gait Stabilization
- Balance Training
- Our therapists will gladly talk to you about your options for treatment.