Vestibular Physio


What is vestibular system?
The control of your balance is regulated by a part in your inner ear known as the vestibular system. An injury in the vestibular system can result in dizziness, balance issues and/or vertigo.
What are possible findings that vestibular physiotherapy can identify?
  • Acoustic Neuroma (Vestibular Schwannoma) – slow-growing tumour of the eighth cranial nerve which can be improved by surgery
  • Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV )- set off by calcium crystals floating in the ear that cause bouts of vertigo on changing positions
  • Central Vestibular Disorders – balance and dizziness following central lesions after events such as stroke or traumatic brain injury
  • Labyrinthitis/Vestibular Neuritis- inflammation of the inner ear
  • Mal de Debarquement Syndrome – produces disorientation in the aftermath of traveling in a boat, airplane, train or car
  • Meniere’s Disease – over-accumulation of fluid in the inner ear that triggers attacks of vertigo, ringing in the ear and fluctuant hearing loss
  • Perilymphatic Fistula – caused by strong pressure in inner ear, or a blow to the head, which results in a hole between middle and inner ear
  • Peripheral Hypofunction – loss of balance and dizziness often associated with aging 
and alcoholism/drug induced ototoxicity
  • Vestibular Migraine – dizziness associated with the auras of a migraine headache

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