Rehabilitation & Other Therapies
Balance & vestibular program
Dizziness and loss of balance are among the most common problems bringing patients to their doctor's office. In fact, 40% of adults experience dizziness or imbalance at some point in their life. Left untreated, the results can be debilitating. As people get older, dizziness and falls become more common.
These falls can lead to injury, hospitalization, surgery and even permanent disability. Dizziness and imbalance should not be accepted as inevitable effects of the aging process.
Aurora offers a comprehensive vestibular rehabilitation and vestibular therapy program.
Approximately half of all cases of dizziness - also referred to as vertigo, spinning or an off-balance sensation - are caused by a vestibular (inner ear) disturbance. Imbalance often accompanies dizziness and may be related to a vestibular disorder. While some causes of dizziness and imbalance lie within the inner ear, other possible diagnoses include a wide range of medical, neurological and cardiovascular disorders.
Aurora's balance & vestibular program is recognized as a regional leader in vestibular rehabilitation and therapy. Our program is led by Bridget Kulick, PT who has been working with balance and dizziness disorders since 1991. The interdisciplinary team approach to rehabilitation involves close communication between the physical therapist and audiologist, as well as with the patient's primary care doctor, ear, nose and throat physician, neurologist, and other specialists as needed.
All patient treatment plans are highly individualized depending on the medical history, general health, symptoms and test results, as well as input from patients, their physician(s) and family members.
Vestibular therapy emphasizes the reduction and prevention of symptoms and decreasing the risk of falls, fractures and other injuries. The physical therapy evaluation and rehabilitation plan may include:
Diagnostic testing performed by a certified audiologist may include: