Vestibular Therapy

Why am I dizzy?

Dizziness and imbalance can have both vestibular and non-vestibular causes. The inner ear vestibular organs signal to your brain whether you are moving and how your head is oriented relative to gravity. Your brain then integrates these signals with those received from your eyes, muscles, and joints. When any part of the vestibular system malfunctions, this process of integration breaks down, and dizziness and other symptoms may result. Medical evaluation from a qualified vestibular specialist at Carteret Physical Therapy is essential for determining whether your dizziness is caused by a vestibular problem, some other cause, or a combination of factors. Should be we find that your case is not within our capabilities to treat you will be referred back to your physician to arrange for a Ears Nose and Throat specialist to determine the cause of your issues. Carteret Physical Therapy is the only office in Essex County that has physical therapists specializing in balance working under the same roof as doctors of audiology.

How do I find medical help? What kind of specialist do I need?

Diagnosis and treatment are not always straightforward for vestibular disorders. Vestibular disorders can affect a person in many ways and are often unpredictable, occurring on a constant or intermittent basis. If you’ve reviewed our list of symptoms and suspect you may have a vestibular disorder, or have already been diagnosed but want a second opinion, you can use VEDA’s provider directory to find a health professional that can provide appropriate diagnostic testing. See our list of specialties for more information. Here at Millburn PT our staff is certified by the American Institute of Balance to diagnose and treat your balance issues.

What is Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT)?

Vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT) is a type of physical therapy that helps train the central nervous system to compensate for vestibular dysfunction. Studies examining the effect of VRT strongly demonstrate its effectiveness in decreasing symptoms of dizziness and imbalance. Most patients suffering from BPPV Balance issues see improvement if not cure in 3-4 visits.


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