There are many subspecialties in the physical therapy world. These include cardiorespiratory, vestibular, geriatrics, pediatrics, and neurology.
One subspecialty that we specialize in at Synergy is Vestibular rehabilitation. Vestibular rehabilitation addresses issues such as balance, dizziness, and poor equilibrium. Benign Paroxysmal vertigo also known as BPPV is one of the most common causes of vertigo. There are structures in your ear that monitor your head's movements and your head's position related to gravity. These otolith organs contain crystals that make you sensitive to gravity. When these crystals become dislodged, they can move into one of the semicircular canals which causes you to become sensitive to head position changes and therefore dizzy.
Symptoms often are episodes of dizziness and a sensation of spinning with certain head movements. The key to this diagnosis is determining what head movements are causing dizziness. It is often triggered by certain changes in head position, such as tipping the head up or down. It can be serious if it disrupts your balance and thereby creating a fall risk.
In therapy we will determine what head movements trigger your dizzy symptoms.
Treatment consists of a series of head movements that shift the misplaced crystals to there proper position. If you are experiencing dizzy symptoms like described you may benefit from therapy. Give us a call today to set up an appointment.