Expert vestibular therapy for dizziness and balance problems
Vestibular Therapy and Rehabilitation is a specialized form of physical therapy that uses specific exercises to compensate for inner-ear deficits. If you are dealing with dizziness, vestibular rehab can help! Our vestibular rehabilitation specialist Stuart Johnson has dedicated his practice to treating dizziness. He is certified in vestibular rehabilitation by the American Physical Therapy Association and Emory University. He has helped hundreds of people overcome disabling dizziness and vertigo, sometimes after just one visit.
Dizziness and imbalance can result from loss of function of the vestibular system, part of the inner ear. Such problems can arise from infections, illness, medications, or without any apparent trigger.
BPV—Benign Positional Vertigo is the most common vestibular disorder. BPV causes a sensation of spinning (vertigo) with change in head position. It can be severely disabling. At Rebound, an infared camera is used to observe abnormal eye movement and improve the accuracy of assessment.
Balance Rehab – Decreasing Fall Risk: After BPV or other vestibular disorders have resolved, poor balance often remains. Retraining balance systems is effective in improving safety and independence whenever balance is compromised. Balance loss from aging or neurologic disease can often be improved significantly with treatment. Therapy that reduces the risk of a broken hip or allows someone to continue to live alone goes a long way toward maintaining quality of life.
Meet our vestibular rehabilitation specialist: Stuart Johnson
Call us at 541-382-7875 or 541-504-2350 to get more information about our Vestibular services.
One type of vertigo can be cured by a single physical therapy session.
This story was originally published By Markian Hawryluk and The Bulletin on Oct 14, 2010.
Vestibular Rehab Videos
Rebound is the first Central Oregon therapy provider to use an infrared eye camera to vastly improve accuracy of identifying problems with the inner ear and balance system. These video clips show some of the interesting abnormal eye movements that can be observed using this technology. This provides critical information that is often not visible without using this device.
This video was taken using an infrared eye camera, which puts the person wearing it into complete darkness, but allows the therapist to see the eyes. This shows a spontaneous, right-beating horizontal nystagmus, which suggests this patient has a deficit of the left vestibular system. Note that this important sign is not visible until vision is obscured after the first few seconds of the video clip.
This video clip shows a burst (paroxysm) of up-beating, right torsional nystagmus. This is a hallmark of right sided, posterior canal BPPV. The use of the infared video camera to block the patient’s vision makes the nystagmus more intense, which dramatically improves the accuracy of the diagnosis.