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Vestibular Rehabilitation

The Physical Therapy Department at the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System  has 4 specially trained physical therapists that treat patients with balance and vestibular disorders. This includes but not limited to diagnoses such as vertigo, which is commonly due to benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), Meniere's Disease, inner ear dysfunctions, or referred from the neck (ie cervical spine).

Each patient is given a thorough, one-hour evaluation with one of our specialists that will help to determine the source of their symptoms. This is done by obtaining a detailed history, reviewing medical testing, and taking a close look at your eye movement (as your eyes have a direct neurological connection to your inner ear). Balance and strength testing are also tested to determine if one is at a risk for falls or requires any training in this area.

Based on the specific findings, you and your therapist will developed an individualized treatment program to address your specific needs. Depending on the source of your symptoms, you may notice immediate improvements or it may take several weeks to feel a change. Our goal is to help you restore yourself to your optimal level and give you strategies for symptom management if needed so that you can continue to be as functional, independent and symptom-free as possible.