Foundation Physical Therapy offers comprehensive testing and treatment of multiple vestibular, central, and balance disorders in our Vestibular and Balance Program. Our therapists are highly qualified and hold competencies in Vestibular Rehabilitation and Cervicogenic Dizziness, and have advanced practice in Vestibular Rehabilitation. If you live in the Denver metro area and suffer from chronic dizziness, call us today and schedule your evaluation and learn how our dizziness treatment program can help you.
Statistics for dizziness and balance disorders:
- 30 – 40% of community dwelling adults over the age of 65 fall each year.
- Many falls are caused by muscle weakness and / or dizziness and balance disorders.
- Peripheral vestibular disorders affect more than 35% of adults 40 years and older.
- Central disorders cause dizziness in 10% of adults.
- Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo accounts for 50% of all dizziness over the age of 65.
- Vestibular hypofunction account for 40% of all dizziness in adults.
- 75 – 90% of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are considered mild (concussion).
Common complaints include:
- Dizziness / Vertigo
- Feeling “off balance” or “unsteady”, or sensation of falling
- Lateropulsion of gait / loss of balance / falls
- Difficulty reading or blurry vision
Common diagnoses treated in our Vestibular and Balance Program
- Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
- Unilateral Vestibular Weakness / Bilateral Vestibular Weakness
- Vestibular Migraines / Migrainous Vertigo
- Central dizziness stemming from traumatic brain injury, stroke, or MS
- Balance disorders
Our clinic provides treatment options for these disorders including:
- One on one evaluations with specialized testing for specific disorders
- Customized, one on one treatment plans specific to vestibular and balance evaluative findings
- Reduction of dizziness
- Retraining of the 3 primary balance systems
- Patient education and individualized home exercise programs
- Restoration of confidence
- Reduction in anxiety
In the clinic, we work with many individuals that have recently experienced concussions due to situations such as bike accidents, car accidents, ski injuries, falls and various scenarios of hitting their heads at home or at work. When a concussion occurs, symptoms may be:
sense of fogginess
sensitivity to light and sound
When a head injury first occurs, it is important to receive immediate medical attention and if a concussion is diagnosed, the next step is to address the present signs and symptoms that are listed above. Physical therapy provides a resource to address many of the concerns that an individual may have following a concussion. To begin, a PT will perform an evaluation to identify those areas that an individual is demonstrating difficulties with and develop a plan of care to address these issues and provide interventions to promote improvements. Physical therapy interventions may include manual therapy to address soft tissue issues, balance exercises to address dizziness or balance deficits as well as interventions to improve visual processing and increase activity tolerance. A Physical Therapist will, along with your physician, provide guidelines for your return to work or exercise routines. With time and an appropriate treatment plan, you will be able to return to your typical activities without the above symptoms.