concussion AND Vestibular Rehabilitation

Vestibular rehabilitation is defined as the treatment of dizziness related problems that arise from the inner ear, using exercises meant to improve balance and reduce dizziness related problems. The associated problems of vestibular problems can include dizziness, imbalance, nausea, lightheadedness, disequilibrium, visual disturbance, and vertigo. The exercises for vestibular rehabilitation will promote health, wellness, optimal function, and quality of life for individuals with balance and vestibular disorders through habituation, gaze stabilization, and balance training.

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury—or TBI—caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, creating chemical changes in the brain and sometimes stretching and damaging brain cells. Medical providers may describe a concussion as a “mild” brain injury because concussions are usually not life-threatening. Even so, the effects of a concussion can be serious. If you experience dizziness or neck pain with your concussion symptoms, you should be evaluated by a specially trained physical therapist WITHIN 3 DAYS.

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What you can expect:

  • Comprehensive evaluation
  • Assessment of balance, dizziness, strength, safety
  • Development of a challenging and tailored exercise program
  • Balance exercises
  • Gaze stabilization exercises
  • Repositioning maneuvers
  • Motion sensitivity exercises
  • Safe return to learn and return to play progressions
  • Goal is to assist patients in feeling more safe and balanced through their everyday lives

    Vestibular and concussion rehabilitation is available only at our Morgan Hill location.
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Types of diagnoses that are appropriate for vestibular rehabilitation include, but are not limited to:

  • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)
  • Head injury/traumatic brain injury
  • Labyrinthitis
  • Vestibular neuritis
  • Meniere’s disease
  • Concussion
  • Acoustic neuroma
  • Cerebellar disorders
  • Balance disorders in the aging population

Vertigo and dizziness are one of the most common problems in adults. According to the National Institutes of Health, about 40% of people in the United States experience feeling dizzy at least once during their lifetime. The Archives of Internal Medicine reported that from 2001 to 2004, 35.4% of US adults aged 40 years and older (69 million Americans) had a vestibular dysfunction, and dizziness interferes with the everyday activities of 30% of persons over age 70 so severe that it constitutes consulting a physician or therapist.

Symptoms due to vestibular disorders can diminish the quality of life and impact all aspects of daily living. They also contribute to emotional problems such as anxiety and depression. Additionally, one of the consequences of having a vestibular disorder is that symptoms frequently cause people to adopt a more sedentary lifestyle in order to avoid bringing on, or worsening, dizziness and imbalance. As a result, decreased muscle strength and flexibility, increased joint stiffness, and reduced stamina can occur. Vestibular rehabilitation can address not only the primary cause of dizziness but also the secondary effects of symptoms to improve quality of life and functional mobility.

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