Vestibular Physical Therapy in Midland Texas
Individualized, Specialized, One-on-One Care
Dr. Sarah Sanders, PT, DPT
Vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT) is a specialized form of therapy intended to alleviate problems caused by vestibular disorders, primarily vertigo and dizziness, gaze instability, and/or imbalance and falls. A customized exercise plan is developed from the findings of the clinical assessment, laboratory testing and imaging studies if applicable, and input from patients.
Different factors can impact the potential for recovery including activity level, pain, other medical conditions, medications, and emotional concerns.
The majority of patients with vestibular concerns need only a few sessions to resolve their concerns.
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) is a common vestibular disorder characterized by brief episodes of intense dizziness triggered by specific head movements. The condition occurs when tiny calcium crystals in the inner ear, known as otoconia, become dislodged and migrate into the semicircular canals, disrupting the normal flow of fluid responsible for detecting head motion. As a result, individuals with BPPV may experience sudden, spinning sensations, often triggered by activities like rolling over in bed, tilting the head backward, or looking up. Although BPPV is generally not serious, its symptoms can significantly impact daily activities and quality of life. Fortunately, effective treatment options, such as repositioning maneuvers performed by trained healthcare professionals, can help reposition the displaced crystals, alleviating symptoms and restoring normal vestibular function. Early diagnosis and appropriate management play a crucial role in minimizing the impact of BPPV on an individual's daily life.