Vestibular (Inner Ear) Therapy

The Rehabilitation Department can evaluate and treat patients with vestibular (inner ear) impairments. Physical therapist Sarah Paulson received her Certification in Competency in Vestibular Rehabilitation from the American Physical Therapy Association and Emory University School of Medicine.

The vestibular system includes the parts of the inner ear and the brain that help control balance and eye movements. If disease or injury damages the inner ear or the brain, vestibular disorders can result. The most common symptoms of vestibular disorders are vertigo (spinning sensation), dizziness, unsteadiness or imbalance, difficulty focusing the eyes during head movements, and nausea.

Vestibular diagnoses that can be treated by vestibular rehabilitation include benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), unilateral vestibular hypo-function or loss (primarily as a result of labyrinthitis, vestibular neuritis, or acoustic neuroma), bilateral vestibular hypo-function or loss, and central vestibular pathologies (primarily as a result of stroke or head injury). Poor balance and unsteadiness can also be treated that are not directly related to vestibular impairments.

Vestibular and balance rehabilitation is an effective, non-invasive, way to manage and treat these common diagnoses and complaints to allow complete relief or decrease in symptoms and improvement in functional mobility.

Sarah is currently able to evaluate and treat patients with vestibular impairments. If you are interested in an appointment or would like additional information regarding this service, please feel free to call Rehabilitation Services at 715-537-9905.