What is Vestibular Dysfunction?
The main symptoms are vertigo, dizziness and imbalance. These symptoms often lead to physical, emotional and cognitive challenges which can include depression and anxiety. Many patients find they have difficulty performing activities of daily living. Cognitive abilities can be impacted as symptoms progress.
Vestibular/balance rehabilitation assists individuals who are experiencing difficulties with balance or dizziness in improving function and preventing falls by thoroughly evaluating each individual’s needs and providing a treatment plan to address their specific concerns.
What causes dizziness?
A variety of central and peripheral neurologic and orthopaedic diagnoses can contribute to dizziness and imbalance and may be effectively treated through vestibular/balance rehab.
• Falls or vehicle accidents
• Effects of aging
• Inner ear disorders (e.g., benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, ototoxicity, labyrinthitis)
• Brain injury and post-concussion syndrome
• Stroke and other neurologic conditions
• Vertigo and disequilibrium
• Motion sensitivity
• Orthopaedic injuries and conditions
• Heart conditions
How can Physical Therapy help?
Vestibular Therapy can help patients restore function, control symptoms, and improve quality of life. A thorough evaluation with a vestibular therapist involves an assessment of pertinent vestibular and neuromuscular system functions, including strength, range of motion, coordination and balance, head and eye movements, mobility, and risk for falls. The physical therapist will create an individualized treatment plan and a home exercise program to decrease dizziness symptoms and address musculoskeletal or neuromuscular problems that affect balance. Vestibular/balance rehab may also include gait training with an appropriate assistive device, patient education regarding safe home mobility, as well as other therapeutic exercises and activities.
We offer Vestibular Rehabilitation services at our Upper West Side and Midtown East locations
Upper West Side 248 West 80th Street, 5th Floor New York, NY 10024 Phone: 212-874-1550 Fax: 212-874-1599 Monday – Friday 7:00 am – 8:00 pm
Midtown East 575 Lexington Avenue (at 51st St) New York, NY 10022 Phone: 212-371-7869 Fax: 212-755-2030 Monday – Friday 7:00 am – 8:00 pm
For more information, please contact: Elizabeth Lamontagne: or Nina Kansagra: