Archive for October, 2009

And Now for Something Completely Different…

Although vestibular rehabilitation is a very important aspect of our practice, I have completely ignored a huge part: orthopedic physical therapy. I’m going to include posts on orthopedic rehabilitation, sports injury tips, and post articles just as I do with vestibular rehabilitation.

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For my vestibular followers, please don’t despair – I will make sure I still post relevant articles, updates and important information about dizziness, vertigo, and other balance disorders. We want this to be a premiere resource for individuals with vestibular disorders as well as athletes, individuals with sports injuries and other PTs.

Vestibular Support Group

Join us for our next Vestibular Support Group meeting at our office in Lakeview in Chicago on Saturday, November 14th. Dr. Julia Rahn, Ph.D., will be discussing the psychological challenges of living with vestibular disorders/chronic illness.

11:30 – 12:00pm: Light refreshments

12:00 – 1:00pm: Meeting

For more information, location and to RSVP:

info@balancechicago.com or 773.525.5200

Halfway Through the Week Cartoons!

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Getting Rid of Vertigo Through Virtual Reality

Can virtual reality technology help cure vertigo?

http://www.king5.com/health/stories/NW_101209HEB-virtual-vertigo-TP.20e62cd5d.html

What do you think?

Vestibular Disorders – Even Oprah is Talking About Them!

Oprah is not only one of the most powerful women in the world, she is also one of our favorite Chicagoans!

So it makes me extremely happy when Oprah’s magazine, O, features a story on dizziness and balance disorders. Thanks, Oprah!

Here’s a pretty great article:

http://www.oprah.com/article/omagazine/200907-omag-dizzy-spells

Tinnitus = Ear Ringing

From the American Tinnitus Association, tips to diagnose & understand your tinnitus:

  1. DO NOT panic. Tinnitus is usually not a sign of a serious, ongoing medical condition.
  2. CHECK things out. The sounds you hear may actually be normal sounds created by the human body at work.
  3. SEE an audiologist or ear, nose and throat specialist (ENT) interested and experienced in tinnitus treatment.
  4. REVIEW your current medications (prescription, over-the-counter, vitamins and other supplements) with your medical professional to find possible causes of your tinnitus.
  5. BE WARY of a hopeless diagnosis or physician advice like, “There’s nothing you can do about your tinnitus. Go home and live with it.”
  6. BE a detective. Keep track of what triggers your tinnitus.
  7. KEEP UP TO DATE about tinnitus. More and more research by the best and the brightest is bringing us closer to successful treatments and cures for tinnitus.

http://www.ata.org/tinnitus-tips

Invisible Illness Seminars

These seminars are FREE from Invisible Illness Week and they upload straight into your iTunes. Some seminars include:

“Understanding how we Uniquely Deal with Difficulties in Life”

“Helping Others Undertand Your Pain”

“When Your Child is Chronically Ill”

“Simplifying Your Home and Housework”

“Finding Health Insurance with a Pre-Existing Condition”

http://www.apple.com/search/ipoditunes/?q=invisible+illness