Vestibular, Dizziness, & Concussion Management
Concussion refers to brain injury that can cause many symptoms, including dizziness, balance problems, and headaches. Concussions are common in children and adults and can occur after a fall, blow to the head, or a road accident. Most people with a concussion may recover within two weeks of rest. However, some people experience long-term symptoms that can last for months or even years.
Opt for Vestibular Rehabilitation at Physical Therapy by Phoenix
If symptoms persist beyond two weeks, Physical Therapy by Phoenix recommends patients undergo vestibular rehabilitation with us. Vestibular rehabilitation is a type of physical therapy that can help treat dizziness and other concussion symptoms. Our Wichita physical therapists will design treatment plans that include exercises to improve balance and coordination and strategies to help manage the symptoms.
Vestibular Rehabilitation – How Does it Help Patients with Concussion Symptoms?
The vestibular system is responsible for our sense of balance and spatial orientation. It is made up of three parts:
- The inner ear
- The vestibular nerve
- The brain
The inner ear contains fluid-filled canals that help us keep our balance. The vestibular nerve sends information about movement and head position to the brain. The brain then processes this information to help us maintain our balance.
Concussions can cause damage to any or all of these three parts of the vestibular system. Vestibular rehabilitation is an effective treatment for people with concussions because it helps the brain re-learn how to process information from the vestibular system.
Benefits of Vestibular Rehabilitation
A recent American Physical Therapy Association study found that 75% of people who underwent vestibular rehabilitation experienced a reduction in their concussion symptoms. Some of the significant benefits of the therapy are:
- Increased sense of balance
- Reduced dizziness and nausea
- Increased ability to participate in activities without fear of falling
- Improved sleep quality
- Increased ability to concentrate
- Better memory function
Patients of all ages can benefit from vestibular rehabilitation. However, the therapy is particularly effective for people over 50, as they are more likely to experience long-term concussion symptoms.
What to Expect from Vestibular Rehabilitation by Physical Therapy by Phoenix?
Vestibular rehabilitation can be a short-term or long-term treatment depending on the severity of symptoms. First, an initial assessment will determine the number of sessions required. The treatment is then designed and may include exercises that challenge balance, coordination, and eye movement. Our Wichita-based physical therapist will teach you various ways to manage symptoms.
What Types of Exercises Are Included in Vestibular Rehabilitation?
- Balance Exercises: Exercises challenge your balance and help your brain to re-learn.
- Coordination Exercises: These exercises improve coordination by teaching your brain to process information from the vestibular system and the visual system at the same time.
- Eye Movement Exercises: They help to retrain your eyes to move correctly and improve vision.
- Gait Training: Exercises focus on improving your ability to walk, including walking in a straight line, turning, and going up and down stairs.
- Education: It involves learning about vestibular conditions, how they affect daily life, and how to manage symptoms.
Physical Therapy by Phoenix Experts Therapists Can Help!
At Physical Therapy by Phoenix in Wichita, we have an expert team of physical therapists who specialize in vestibular dizziness and concussion management. We will work with you and make e a personalized treatment plan that meets your needs and goals. If you know someone who is experiencing concussion symptoms, contact Physical Therapy by Phoenix today to book an appointment.