Vestibular / Balance
When it comes to balance, having a healthy inner ear is crucial. Both inner ears are part of the vestibular system which is in charge of telling the brain how your moving body is affected by gravity. Therefore if you sustain any sort of trauma to your inner ear, like injuring your neck in a car accident, your balance will be affected. Fortunately, this condition can be treated with vestibular exercises as well as other physical therapy techniques. If you think you are suffering from a vestibular disorder, there some symptoms you should look out for.
If one or both of your inner ears have been injured, you may feel that the room is spinning or that you’re having trouble feeling steady. Having trouble seeing clearly, neck pain or dizziness are also common in those with vestibular problems. With the onset of these symptoms, it’s common to take it easy and lessen your workload. While it may give you relief, this type of pain management can actually disrupt your recovery. That’s why we recommend that if you suspect you have a vestibular disorder, make an appointment to see a physical therapist.
This first thing your physical therapist will do is determine how high your risk of falling is and what caused your symptoms. After receiving an evaluation and discussing your goals with the physical therapist, he or she will create a rehabilitation plan tailored to your needs. Your treatment plan will consist of exercises with the goal of improving balance and reducing/eliminating dizziness.
When choosing a therapist for inner ear trauma, consider someone who has experience with vestibular rehabilitation. If you live or work in the Massapequa area, then you’re in luck. Our staff at Park physical therapy specializes in treating vestibular disorders. For more information or to make an appointment, call us at (516) 798-3789. We look forward to working with you!