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The Audiology and Physical Therapy departments lead the vestibular rehabilitation team at United Hospital System. Our staff is committed to providing evaluation and treatment services for patients with dizziness and balance disorders and to coordinate intervention to meet our patient’s
United Hospital System is pleased to offer the service of CHARTR VNG/ENG computer-based videonystagmography/ electronystagmography system at our facility. This system was acquired to address the increasing incidence of patients we see with complaints of dizziness and balance
disorders. We are confident we can make a significant contribution to the difficult process of diagnosing and treating these patients. Vestibular Rehabilitation is an exercise/movement approach for the rehabilitation of persons suffering from imbalance, dizziness and vertigo associated with
vestibular pathology. Symptoms include a person’s impaired ability to move about in his or her environment and can result in a disability that affects function, quality of life, and employment status. Treatment goals include decreasing dizziness, increasing balance function, and improving general
activity level. Vestibular disorders are common and can affect people of all ages.
Vestibular deficits may be caused by lesions in the central nervous system including brainstem/cerebellar lesions, stroke, or vertebrobasilar disease. Peripheral lesions of the inner ear including neuritis or labyrinthitis, acoustic neuromas, Meniere’s disease or Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) are
also known causes of dizziness and balance issues. The most common peripheral disorder, BPPV, is a mechanical disorder of the inner ear involving debris which has collected in the semicircular canals, resulting in brief periods of vertigo and nystagmus related to head position change.
Vestibular Rehabilitation incorporates two successful methods of treatment for BPPV: Canalinth repositioning techniques (the Epley or Semont head maneuvers), and Brandt-Daroff exercises, to mechanically move debris out of the semicircular canals. Studies show up to 80% cure rate following the head
maneuvers – often after one or two treatments, and a 95% success rate for the exercises when performed 3 times daily for two weeks. Vestibular Rehabilitation is also directed at treating impairments in gaze and postural stability, disequilibrium, motion intolerance and physical deconditioning
due to vestibular disorders. Treatment is customized for each patient based on his or her specific impairments and functional limitations. Treatments may be used for patients with peripheral and central dysfunction.
A physician’s referral is required for Vestibular Rehabilitation.
Vestibular Rehab is open to patients of all ages
The program features:
United Hospital System utilizes a clinical outcomes program to measure efficacy of treatments and functional/therapeutic outcomes. This information allows physicians, payers and employers to compare our outcomes with national data norms. Our mission is to provide clinical excellence and high quality service while managing the cost of therapy.