We provide individualized programs to restore normal function
Vestibular rehab to restore normal function
The vestibular system is composed of the inner ear, and parts of the auditory and visual systems. Each component of the vestibular system has a role in helping our body understand how we are interacting with our surroundings, and as a whole, the vestibular system is responsible for our sense of stability. The primary complaint of people suffering from a vestibular problem is dizziness, but secondary symptoms such as nausea, difficulty concentrating, fatigue, or anxiety are also common and may cause you to be less active. We recognize that these symptoms can impact all areas of daily living and decrease your quality of life. These are all problems that Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy can address, and we look forward to helping you get back to the activities you enjoy.
Our practice begins with you
At West Portland Physical Therapy Clinic, we understand that dizziness is more than a nuisance; it can cause nausea, disrupt sleep, affect concentration, and diminish your quality of life. Our therapists will conduct a thorough evaluation to rule out any non-vestibular causes of your symptoms, identify the source of vestibular dysfunction, and develop a specific plan to help you return to your life.
Vestibular rehabilitation is a specialized form of physical therapy aimed at addressing the symptoms of vertigo, dizziness, visual disturbance and/or imbalance associated with vestibular system dysfunction. Problems may result from infection, trauma, or malfunction of any component of the vestibular system, and identifying the root cause is integral to successful treatment. We will work with you to create an individualized program to restore normal function.
Our therapists are highly trained to understand the vestibular system and its role in your daily life.
Disorders and Treatment
While some vestibular issues permanently change the way information is processed, the most common vestibular disorder is completely reversible. Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), is a condition in which crystals in the inner ear, called otoconia, become dislodged from their proper place and become trapped in another part of the ear. This causes the brain to receive conflicting information during head movement and leads to an intense spinning sensation. Once the type of BPPV is identified, it typically responds very well to repositioning maneuvers. In some cases, residual non-specific dizziness will require additional vestibular retraining.
For chronic conditions, where vestibular function has been permanently altered, treatment revolves around compensation and accommodation for these changes. Treatment is highly effective at decreasing symptoms and improving overall function.
We provide treatment plans for the most common disorders of the vestibular system.
Our therapists will help you get back to the activities you enjoy.