Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT) has proven to be effective in improving symptoms related to vestibular and balance disorders (BPPV, Meniere’s disease, vestibular neuritis, etc.). Specifically, VRT aims to address issues such as vertigo, dizziness, visual disturbance, and imbalance. The ultimate goal of this type of therapy is to help patients beat these symptoms and restore their quality of life.
When a patient comes in for a routine hearing check and mentions they’ve struggled with dizziness and poor balance, a door to another opportunity for you to help opens. With so many innovative technologies available, accurately diagnosing balance disorders, which generally stem from the vestibular system, has never been easier. Using this equipment will help you better understand your patient’s dizziness issues, which, in turn, will allow you to create a more effective treatment plan.
Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT) has proven to be effective for improving vestibular disorder-related symptoms, such as vertigo, imbalance, dizziness, migraines, and visual disturbances. But is it the right therapy for all your vestibular patients?
Most of us probably take balance for granted. Like breathing, it’s not something we have think about unless, or until, something happens to disrupt our innate sense of balance.
When you think about it, the balance humans have on two feet is remarkable. It may take us a few months to get the hang of it, but once we do, it becomes involuntary. That is unless one suffers from a balance disorder.
Many clinics that do diagnostic vestibular testing will benefit from adding Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potential (VEMP) recordings to the battery of tests they perform on patients with dizzy/balance issues. Adding VEMP testing, along with the Video Head Impulse Test (vHIT), can provide a more comprehensive look into the function of the individual components of the vestibular system and, therefore, greatly improve the sensitivity of the test battery for detecting vestibular disorders.
Precise figures for the prevalence of vestibular disorders are difficult to pin down.
But recent studies suggest that some 35% of people aged over 40 in the US have suffered some degree of vestibular dysfunction; while at least another 5% have had problems with dizziness or balance.
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