VESTIBULAR DISORDERS & REHABILITATION
Vestibular disorders are inner ear disorders that have varying causes and numerous symptoms. Symptoms of vestibular disorders may include one or more of the following:
Vestibular Disorder Diagnostic Tests
Computerized Dynamic Posturography (CDP)
A CDP test is part of the diagnostic assessment of imbalance or dizziness and is used to identify the underlying sensory (vestibular, visual, somatosensory) and motor control impairments. A CDP test is used to identify and differentiate the functional impairments associated with the disorder.
CDP Testing Procedure
During a CDP test, the patient wears a harness and stands in an enclosure that has a moveable support surface and a visual surround display. The patient is exposed to movement of the support surface and the visual surround display, during which the patient's postural stability and motor reactions are recorded. The entire test set takes approximately 45 minutes to complete. The information gathered from this test can be used to determine if a patient may benefit from vestibular rehabilitation.
ENG Testing Procedure
One ENG test includes an evaluation of the movement of the patient's eyes as they follow a moving target. Another portion of the test observes eye movement as the patient's head is positioned in different directions. During the caloric portion of the test, warm or cool air (or water) is briefly directed into the ear canal, stimulating a part of the inner ear that generates eye movement. This may cause a momentary spinning sensation that typically lasts about 60 seconds. The entire ENG test takes approximately 1½ hours and is not painful.
We recommend that patients have someone help them with their transportation after this visit. This is a precautionary recommendation in case patients feel dizzy or simply do not feel comfortable driving after the tests. If you would like to know whether this applies to you specifically, please ask the receptionist when you confirm your appointment.
Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT) - What is It?
VRT, or balance therapy, is an exercise-based therapy program used to treat balance problems. It is designed to help patients learn compensation and habituation techniques. Our highly trained vestibular therapist provides specialized testing and customized therapy programs designed to fit a person’s specific needs. These specialized programs address problems related to decreased function of vestibular, somatosensory and visual systems related to balance skills. It is based on the body’s natural ability to compensate for balance problems. Certain exercises strengthen this ability, and with a focused exercise routine, patients can improve their balance and decrease dizziness.
Some Diagnoses that can be related to dizziness and disequilibrium:
How do I know if I need balance therapy?
What are the program benefits?
What to expect if you are a candidate.
If it is determined that you are a candidate for vestibular rehabilitation, there are several areas that you will address with your clinical team;
What to expect in treatment
Your certified vestibular therapist will begin with a comprehensive evaluation and perform tests in order to develop an individualized treatment plan which may include:
To learn more about Balance Rehabilitation, please contact EARS Inc. at (408)540-5400. Our clinical team is ready to help!