Dizziness and Balance CenterClinics in Orland Park and Homer Glen, IL
Do you have any of the following symptoms of dizziness and vertigo?
Check out our Dizziness and Balance Center
Vertigo/ Spinning Getting out of Bed
Dizziness/ Imbalance with quick head turns
Pressure or fullness in the ear
Blurred vision with movement
Balance problems combined with unsteadiness
Read below for more information about Dizziness and Vertigo
Why do I feel dizzy, disoriented or unsteady?
Your balance system relies on three different senses, including vision, proprioception, and the vestibular system.
- Visual System – Your vision allows you to see where you are and where you are going.
- Proprioceptive System – Your proprioceptive system which includes your muscles and sense of touch, allows your body to detect where it is located within the environment.
- Vestibular System – The vestibular system is responsible for motion, equilibrium, and spatial orientation. The balance organ in your inner ear (also known as the vestibular organ or labyrinth) senses whenever your head moves. Your brain combines signals from these three senses to help you control your head, body and eye movements.
Each of these systems provide specific feedback and if altered can affect your sensation of dizziness, unsteadiness, or disorientation.
How Are Vestibular Disorders Diagnosed?
The answer is a VESTIBULAR EXAMINATION.
A skilled therapist will perform a detailed medical history and multi-system examination to understand the root cause of your dizziness.
An examination comprised of various tests and measures will be conducted to assess the function of your vestibular, visual and balance systems.
Components of the Examination include:
1. Vestibular Oculomotor and Cranial Nerve Exam
2. Dynamic Visual Acuity Testing
3. Positional Vertigo Testing
4. Static and Dynamic Balance Testing
5. Orthopedic, neurological and cardiopulmonary system Screening
Goodlife Physical Therapy Dizziness and Balance Centers, utilize Frenzel (infrared) Goggles to further assess your vestibular system. These goggles allow us to record your vestibular tests and help to increase diagnostic accuracy. They can be a vital component in determining an accurate diagnosis regarding dizziness and vertigo.
Take a look at some of our recorded Vestibular Examination Videos:
What treatments are available for dizziness and vertigo?
Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT) is a specialized form of physical therapy for treatment of dizziness, vertigo, and imbalance. VRT incorporates different techniques to improve symptoms, including:
- Vestibular Adaptation training for Gaze stabilization and dizziness
- Habitation training for Chronic Dizziness
- Repositioning maneuvers for Positional Vertigo
- Dynamic Balance training for disequilibrium and instability
Vestibular rehab provided by a specially trained physical therapist can:
- Eliminate symptoms of vertigo and dizziness
- Improve balance and postural control
- Significantly reduce the risk of falls
- Increase independence with activities of daily living
- Some disorders such as BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo) are effectively treated in 2-3 visits
How Long will it Take for me to get Better?
How long it takes, your prognosis, for vestibular dysfunctions can vary from individual and specific diagnosis. See below for average recovery times for the common vestibular disorders:
- Positional Vertigo (BPPV) – 1-2 weeks
- Vestibular Hypofunction or Weakness – 4-8 weeks
- Bilateral Vestibular Hypofunction or Weakness – 8 + weeks
- Central Vestibular Disorders – 8 + weeks
- Chronic Vestibular Disorders – 6 + weeks
How do I start treatment for dizziness and vertigo?
At Goodlife Physical Therapy, our physical therapists have completed special post-graduate training to evaluate and treat vestibular disorders. Together they have over 20 years of combined experience treating patients with dizziness and vertigo.
If you are interested in physical therapy, the first step is to contact one of our clinics to schedule an evaluation. In the state of Illinois, direct access to physical therapy is now available, you no longer need a physician referral to start therapy. We will make sure to communicate your evaluation findings directly to your physician.
Don’t wait any longer to start Physical Therapy for Dizziness and vertigo.