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.


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: or 773.525.5200

Halfway Through the Week Cartoons!



Getting Rid of Vertigo Through Virtual Reality

Can virtual reality technology help cure vertigo?

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:

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.

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”

One Patient’s First Trip to PT for Vestibular Weakness

Here’s a great example of one woman’s first trip to see a PT for vestibular weakness (BPPV). It’s a forum, so you can even respond to her post about your own experiences! All you need to do is sign up – it’s FREE!!thdchild=.89afaa60

Good Luck!

Although our blog is usually about vestibular disorders, we want to give a special shout out to our               img1                      Chicago 2009 Marathoners. We have a number of  runners we work with through the Imerman Angels, the Chicago Tri Club and the National Runaway Marathon Teams who will be running the 2009 Chicago Marathon this Sunday, October 11th.

GOOD LUCK !!!!!!!!!!!


Your inner ear can be damaged by many things, including head trauma, viruses, and even by a toxin. Ototoxicity occurs when the vestibular system is damaged by a toxin. These toxins are usually medically based, such as antibiotics, most notably gentamicin, some chemotherapy drugs, and environmental chemicals. This damage can be potentially be permanent an irreversible, but does not have to be.

Symptoms: Tinnitus, loss of balance, vision disruption, vertigo. Severity will vary.

Treatment: No cure. Physical therapy can reduce the symptoms and re-train the brain to the changes in the inner ear.