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Vestibular rehabilitation

Each year many people visit their doctor for the evaluation and treatment of dizziness, unsteadiness, balance issues or vertigo. Physical therapists can play an integral role in treating this patient population.

Possible symptoms

  • Vertigo
  • Spinning
  • Foggy/fuzzy
  • Lightheadedness
  • Fainting sensation
  • Neck pain
  • Imbalance
  • Falls
  • Staggering
  • Motion sensitivity

Common causes

  • Illness
  • Infections
  • Disease
  • Head trauma
  • Aging
  • Medication side effects
  • Inner ear problem


A physical therapist will help determine the source of dizziness in patients that have these symptoms. Positional vertigo can be identified by tests that may stimulate dizziness. Functional balance and mobility are also assessed during the evaluation.

Treatment options for vestibular rehabilitation

Treatment for vestibular rehabilitation may include the following rehab recommendations and physical therapy techniques:

  • Habituation/oculomotor exercises
  • Canal repositioning treatment
  • Balance retraining
  • ADL training
  • Gait activities
  • Education

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