Archive for April, 2009

FREE Vestibular Support Group

We’re very excited that we will be conducting our 2nd Vestibular Support Group at our office location on Saturday, April 25.
The 1st VSG was in February and we invited former patients and their families to share their experiences. The members gave us insight into what life was like before therapy, the difficulties they faced before therapy and the challenges they faced throughout therapy, whether it be doing their home exercises or making appointments on time! Family members were also encouraged to share their challenges living with those affected with vestibular disorders. The group finished up the discussion with their thoughts on how they are dealing with the disorder after graduating from the Center.
I can’t wait to share a more in-depth look at the 2nd VSG with you all. If you would like to join us for the meeting, please look us up on our “contact us” page. We look forward to seeing you there!

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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

Welcome!

Hello fellow bloggers! Welcome to our site – Balance Chicago. The purpose of our blog is to reach out to those affected by vestibular disorders – whether it be yourself or a family member or a friend. We will be sharing our experiences working with, evaluating, and treating dizziness and balance disorders as our office expands and we see an increasing number of patients. We hope that you will join us as we continue our journey in helping patients regain their lives!