Archive for April 13th, 2009

What ARE Vestibular Disorders???

I often get a “blank look” from people when I tell them that I work in a physical therapy office whose main focus, aside from rehabilitating orthopedic injuries, is evaluating and treating vestibular disorders.

This is how the conversations usually go.
Person: And where do you work?
Me: I work at a physical therapy and balance center that helps treat individuals with vestibular disorders.
Person: Oh…
Me: Yea, it’s really interesting. A vestibular disorder is the same thing as an inner ear disorder. These disorders affect your balance and can cause dizziness and vertigo, amongst other symptoms. A lot of people have it and don’t even realize that there are treatments like physical therapy that can truly help even the worst cases.
Person: Oh yea…my grandma gets dizzy some times.

Approximately 50% of people will suffer from dizziness and balance disorders at some point in their lives. Dizziness and balance disorders can affect all people – it is the second most common reason why people visit a doctor.

Signs and symptoms include, but are not limited to:

  • Vertigo
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of balance
  • Tinnitus (ringing or buzzing in the ears)
  • Nausea
  • Double vision/vision problems
  • Headaches