Vestibular Rehabilitation Specialist in Hinsdale, IL
Physical therapy could do wonders for vestibular disorders. Progressive Physical Therapy has a team of trained professionals who can perform effective vestibular rehabilitation. For more information, call us today or book an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 15 Spinning Wheel Road Ste. 24 Hinsdale, IL 60521.
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A vestibular disorder is a condition that affects the inner ear. There are many different types of vestibular disorders, such as vestibular neuritis, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), or a traumatic brain injury. A vestibular disorder is something that impacts the canals that end in severe inflammation and is accompanied by a lot of pain.
Vestibular disorders can happen at any age, but are more common in the elderly population, as they are going through the aging process. Many vestibular orders are often unexplained, and the cause is hard to find. It may take consulting with more than 1 doctor to confirm a diagnosis of a vestibular disorder.
The most common symptoms of a vestibular disorder can include tinnitus, which is ringing in the ears, vertigo, dizziness, complete hearing loss or partial hearing loss, nausea, anxiety, fatigue, vision problems, vomiting and/or cognitive disorders. Symptoms of vestibular disorders can be caused by injuries or a medical condition. People with cognitive delays are often likely to suffer from a vestibular disorder.
As well, the most common cause that is thought of is either aging or having an ear infection. Leaving an ear infection untreated for a prolonged period of time increases the chances of developing a vestibular disorder. The ear canal is a very sensitive place and something like a viral or bacterial infection can cause severe and sometimes irreversible damage. It is important that if you have any discomfort or pain in the ear, to seek medical attention if it does not subside after a few days.
There is no determined cause of a vestibular disorder. Since the ear is known to be a sensitive place, there could be many factors that play into the cause of a disorder. However, there are multiple risk factors that go along with suffering from a vestibular disorder. The biggest risk factor that is the most common finding for a vestibular disorder is aging. As the body ages, things can become more fragile and weaker. The canals in the ears can shrink over time causing them to become more sensitive and prone to injury. Shrinking of the ear canals can also cause a person pain in their ears, as well tinnitus. Another risk factor is listening to very loud music in high decibels for a long period of time.
This can cause the ears to become damaged and make it hard to hear for a prolonged period of time. The next risk factor is the number of times a person has been exposed to an ear infection, or if they have chronic ear infections. Ear infections can cause inflammation and a buildup of earwax along the canal. When people try to clean their ears with an inappropriate tool such as a Q-tip, it can push wax further down their ear canal and cause a pressure build up. If a person has an ear infection and cleans their ears incorrectly or does not have access to an antibiotic to help kill the infection, it can lead to developing a vestibular disorder.
Vestibular rehabilitation therapy involves working alongside a physical therapist to help eliminate or diminish the effects of having a vestibular disorder. Once it is confirmed that you have a vestibular disorder, your physical therapist will create a care plan with you that will help alleviate your symptoms and plans to improve your diagnosis. A common form of treatment for a vestibular disorder is having a physical therapist perform manual head maneuvers on the patient to allow for restored blood flow to the ear canal, which can help alleviate any inflammation or swelling that may be occurring.
Another form of treatment a physical therapist helps a patient with is by providing progressive exercises that are designed to help alleviate symptoms of dizziness and vertigo. The ears are known to help balance the body via equilibrium, and when the equilibrium is disturbed, a person’s balance is disturbed. Other types of therapy for vestibular disorders can involve the use of medication. If you, or someone you know who may be experiencing side effects from a vestibular disorder, reach out to the team at Progressive Physical therapy to learn more about how physical therapy could be something you may benefit from. Our team is here to help others who want to get back onto the road to recovery. For more information, call us today or book an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 15 Spinning Wheel Road Ste. 24 Hinsdale, IL 60521. We serve patients from Hinsdale IL, Chicago IL, Oak Park IL, Lombard IL, Downers Grove IL, Bridgeview IL, and Oak Lawn IL.