Vestibular Rehabilitation Specialist

Premier Spine and Sports Medicine

Sports Medicine and Pain Management Specialists located in Hagerstown, MD

If you’re one of the 15% of Americans who regularly experiences dizziness, you may want to consider vestibular rehabilitation. Vestibular rehabilitation works to ease dizziness and improve balance through safe, nonsurgical means. Emily Priestas, DPT, at Premier Spine and Sports Medicine in Hagerstown, Maryland, specializes in vestibular rehabilitation. To request your consultation today, call the office or click the online scheduling tool.

Vestibular Rehabilitation Q & A

What is vestibular rehabilitation?

Vestibular rehabilitation is a type of physical therapy designed to improve your balance and prevent dizziness.

Vestibular physical therapists undergo years of additional training to understand the underlying causes and symptoms of dizziness. This knowledge and expertise allow them to develop custom treatment plans that ease discomfort and improve their patients’ overall quality of life. 

What causes dizziness?

Dizziness usually isn’t the sign of a more serious health problem. Instead, it’s caused by a mechanical problem with your inner ear. Other common causes of dizziness include certain prescription medications, neck dysfunction, or minor, treatable brain and heart issues. 

If you regularly experience spells of dizziness, don’t wait to seek professional medical help. There are a number of treatments that can help you feel better.

What issues can vestibular rehabilitation treat?

Vestibular rehabilitation works to treat dizziness, imbalance, vertigo, and migraines. The team at Premier Spine and Sports Medicine regularly prescribes vestibular rehabilitation to ease uncomfortable symptoms such as:

  • Dizziness
  • Blurry vision
  • Neck tightness
  • Neck stiffness
  • Frequent falls

You might also benefit from vestibular rehabilitation if you regularly experience headaches or feeling foggy-headed.

Am I a good candidate for vestibular rehabilitation?

To determine if you’re a candidate for vestibular rehabilitation, make an appointment at Premier Spine and Sports Medicine. Following a review of your medical history, a discussion of your symptoms, and a balance and gait analysis, your provider can develop a treatment plan that aligns with your individual needs and goals.

What happens during vestibular rehabilitation?

No two vestibular rehabilitation treatment plans are exactly alike. Your provider works to improve any deficits identified during your initial exam. Over time, vestibular rehabilitation improves your ability to function and perform routine tasks. It also reduces your risk of falling and promotes general mobility.

Depending on your symptoms, Emily might recommend:

  • Vision stability training
  • Balance retraining
  • Walking exercises
  • General fitness exercises
  • Ergonomic training

Your provider might recommend one type of treatment or a combination of several treatments.

Is vestibular rehabilitation successful?

Vestibular rehabilitation is safe and well-tolerated. If you attend all of your appointments and regularly participate in the exercises recommended, you should see a noticeable improvement in your symptoms. Though rare, certain conditions that don’t respond to vestibular rehabilitation may require surgical intervention.

To learn more about vestibular rehabilitation and its benefits, make an appointment at Premier Spine and Sports Medicine today by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool.