Balance and Vestibular Rehabilitation

 

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Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT) is designed to address balance, dizziness and the overall fitness of a patient. Some of the conditions that can benefit from VRT include: BPPV (positional vertigo), Ototoxicity, Meneieres Disease, Peripheral Vestibular Dysfunction (bilateral and unilateral), Vestibular Labryrinthitis, Neurologic Disorders (stroke, brain injury, and MS), Acoustic Neuroma and Vestibular Migraine.  The Physical Therapist will conduct an analysis of the patient's symptoms and evaluate the patient's strength, mobility, gait, range of motion, flexibility, sensory systems and balance.  Based on those findings, the therapist will develop a personalized treatment plan if VRT is appropriate for the patient's condition.

 

How does the Balance System work? Your sense of balance comes from many different systems working together to create stability of your body and your vision:

  • Sensory information from your eyes
  • Proprioceptive input from your major muscle tendons and joints
  • Balance organs in the inner ear and your vestibular system

 

Northern Star Therapy and Balance Solutions of Central MN work together in the diagnostic testing and treatment of balance and vestibular dysfunction.  Northern Star Therapy has two convenient locations in the St. Cloud area; Balance Solutions is located within the St. Cloud Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic.

Balance Solutions of Central MN

St Cloud Ear, Nose & Throat

 

Balance/Vestibular Self Test

The Balance/Vestibular Self Test is designed to help determine if you are at risk for a balance disorder or if you are at high risk to experience a fall.

  1. Have you fallen more than once in the past year?
  2. Do you take medication for 2 or more of the following: heart disease, hypertension, arthritis, anxiety or depression?
  3. Do you feel dizzy or unsteady if you make sudden movements such as: bending down, quickly turning and/or rolling over in bed?
  4. Do you have blackouts or seizures?
  5. Have you experienced a stroke of other neurological problem that has affected your balance?
  6. Do you experience numbness or loss of sensation in your legs and/or feet?
  7. Do you use an assistive device to get around (cane, walker or wheelchair)?
  8. Are you inactive? (Answer "yes" if you do not participate in a regular form of exercise)
  9. Do you feel unsteady when your walking or climbing stairs?
  10. Do you have difficulty sitting down and/or rising from a seated to standing position?

If you answered "yes" to 2 or more of these questions, you may be at risk. The best way to determine if you have a balance problem is to talk with your physician, who may recommend that you have a balance evaluation from a qualified clinician.