What Are Vestibular Disorders?
Vestibular disorders are infections that affect the inner ear. According to physical therapists at Absolute Physical Therapy in Houston, TX, this disorder may result to vertigo, hearing changes, dizziness, imbalance, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, nausea, anxiety and other symptoms. These symptoms may have devastating consequences on the daily routine of the patients. This will have a negative impact on the sufferer’s relationship with friends and family, productivity at the workplace, and general quality of life.
Causes of Vestibular Disorder
Physical Therapists in Houston, TX, have attributed the cause of Vestibular disorder also known as vertigo to the following:
- Disturbance of the inner ear which could occur in ways like hitting the head: a fracture in the skull could result in vertigo.
- Meniere’s infection may also lead to vestibular issues. Labyrinthitis could cause inflammation in the middle ear, leading to an imbalance
- Strokes, tumors, seizures, and multiple sclerosis could affect balance. However, these cases are not common compared to causes like infections, trauma, and repetitive conditions that have direct effects on the ear.
- Allergies, poisoning, aging, cardiovascular diseases are other likely cause of the vestibular disorder.
Treatment of Vestibular Disorder
- Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT)
The VRT focus on the use of head, eye, and body exercise aimed at helping the brain recognize and work with signals from the vestibular system and organize them. The type of VRT training varies from a patient to another and the physical therapists in Houston, TX, will recommend the appropriate exercise for individual conditions.
- Home Exercise
Sufferers of vestibular disorder need specific VRT exercise as prescribed by a physical therapist at Absolute Physical Therapy in Houston, TX. These exercises will be incorporated into a fitness scheme to help patient for optimum energy and with minimal stress.
- Adjustment of Diet
Adjustment of dietary plans has been proven to help in managing diseases like secondary endolymphatic hydrops, Meniere’s infection, and dizziness caused by a migraine. Avoiding substances like nicotine and some specific medication help reduce symptoms
The invisibility and unpredictability of vestibular disorder symptoms make the talk therapy (counseling) a very effective one. People with vestibular disorder need psychological assistance to be able to cope with lifestyle changes, guilt, grief, depression that arises as a result of their present predicament. At Absolute Physical Therapy in Houston, TX, persons with this disorder will be given adequate psychological assistance and counseling.
The vestibular disorder could be either in its initial/acute state or chronic state. Medication is considered for vestibular treatment based on the present condition of the system dysfunction.
Physical therapists at Absolute Physical Therapy in Houston, TX, may consider surgical operation when Vertigo and other vestibular related symptoms defy medical therapy, surgery may be the next best option. However, the form of surgery will depend on the patient’s physical condition and specific diagnosis. Surgery for vestibular disorders can either be destructive or corrective.
- Destructive surgery helps to halt the generation and transmission of sensory information from the inner ear to the brain.
- Corrective surgery focuses on repairing or stabilizing the function of the inner ear.
The aforementioned are just some of the several vestibular therapies prescribed by our physical therapists at Absolute Physical Therapy in Houston, TX.
Discuss with our physical therapist today to know would work best for your individual condition. It is expected that these tips will yield better result earlier than you could imagine. You will surely get back healthy and lead a quality lifestyle once again