(Available at UNC REX Rehabilitation Services of Cary location only)
An estimated 90 million Americans will experience dizziness at least once in their lifetime, which can result in a loss of functional independence. Dizziness is the number one reason for visiting a physician for patients over 75 years old. Symptoms of a vestibular problem can include spinning, blurred vision, wooziness, nausea, and feelings of imbalance or falling
Balance problems affect about 9 percent of people ages 65 and older. Imbalance can result in falls, and is a leading cause of institutionalization in the senior population resulting in over five million patient visits per year. Given their frequency and consequences, falls can be as serious a health problem for older persons as heart attacks and strokes.
There are many different causes of balance loss and dizziness. The majority of these conditions are treatable if you are given the proper education, exercises and treatment techniques. The first and perhaps the most crucial step is to get properly evaluated by your doctor, audiologist or physical therapist to determine the major cause or causes of your balance or dizziness problems. Each medical professional has a series of specialized clinical and functional tests that help to zero-in on what systems are involved and need further treatment or correction.
Your UNC REX Physical Therapist Can Help
Your physical therapist will work in conjunction with your doctor and audiologist to develop a plan of care that best meets your needs. We will not only develop an individualized exercise program appropriate for you, but also educate you on posture, movement and safety to help prevent falls.
At UNC REX Rehabilitation Services in Cary, we have qualified physical therapists with advanced credentialing who are experienced in treating peripheral and central vestibular dysfunctions. We offer a thorough evaluation and perform specific vestibular maneuvers and balance retraining exercises to help our patients recover from this incapacitating diagnosis. Our goal is to help our clients to regain confidence for community level mobility, and return to their active lifestyles without symptoms.