Balance & Vestibular Training
Balance and inner ear problems: more common than you may think
Symptoms such as dizziness, spinning, motion sickness or feeling off balance
often interfere with daily actives and quality of life of many people.
In fact, balance and vestibular (inner ear) problems are more common than
you may think:
Balance Problem Statistics
- Approximately 8 million people visit their doctor for treatment of dizziness annually.
- According to the National Institutes of Health, 40-50 percent of people
over the age of 40 experience dizziness or balance problems at some point
in their life.
- Falls are the leading cause of injuries in people age 65 and older in the
- Of all falls suffered by older adults, 50 percent can be attributed to
some degree of vestibular dysfunction.
- BPPV is a very common vestibular disorder with an incidence of one in every
five people with vertigo. BPPV stands for Benign, Paroxysmal (sudden,
without warning) Positional (in response to movement of the head) Vertigo
(abnormal sensation of movement).
The Balance and Vestibular Training program at Southwest General was can
help address balance problems that affect the quality of life for many patients.
A Comprehensive Program for Balance and Inner Ear Problems
Southwest General's Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Services
offers a comprehensive balance and vestibular training program. People
most appropriate for the program include anyone experiencing dizziness,
vertigo, imbalance, gait instability, falls or fear of falling. Other
vestibular disorders may include:
- Vestibular neuronitis
- Unilateral or bilateral peripheral vestibular dysfunction
- Meniere’s Disease
- Motion intolerance
A Patient-Focused Approach
A highly skilled physical or occupational therapist will assess the needs
of each patient seeking treatment for balance or vestibular problems.
Following the assessment, depending upon the findings as well as the patient’s
individual needs, a therapist will determine if either individual therapy
or group balance training is needed. All patients receive education, balance
and vestibular exercises and strategies to help them reach their full
potential. Objective testing is performed during treatment to measure
each patient's progress toward balance goals.
Take our Balance Test
If you answer “yes” to one or more of the following questions,
you may have a balance problem. Contact your physician for a referral
to Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service’s Balance &
Vestibular Training Program. A physician order is required for all services.
Have you fallen more than once in the past year?
Do you have frequent dizziness, vertigo or balance problems?
Have you ever had a sudden/unexplained bout of dizziness?
Have you noticed new problems with head movements or position changes?
Have you experienced a stroke or other neurological problem that has affected
Do you experience numbness or loss of sensation in your legs and/or feet
that affect your balance?
Do you use a walker or wheelchair, or need assistance to get around?
Do you need to hold onto walls or furniture as you walk around your house?
Do you feel unsteady when you are walking?
We Look Forward to Helping You
To enroll in our Balance and Vestibular Training program, a written prescription
from your doctor is necessary and should include your name, date, an order
for physical therapy and a pertinent diagnosis with precautions. For example,
“Gait Instability” is a covered Medicare diagnosis. Note that
most insurance providers will cover balance/vestibular rehabilitation.
Convenient day and evening hours are available at the following location:
LifeWorks of Southwest General
7390 Old Oak Blvd.
Middleburg Heights, OH 44130
To learn more, or to schedule an appointment for Balance and Vestibular