McLean Vestibular Rehabilitation Program

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Eric Tharaldson, 
Physical Therapist 
McLean Outpatient Center

Do you or someone you know suffer from dizziness, loss of balance or unsteadiness, sensitivity to head movements or falls? If so, you may be suffering from Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), a disorder of the vestibular system which affects the alignment of the calcium crystals in the inner ear. These crystals can be dislodged due to an injury to the head, aging, infection or viruses, long term use or high doses of certain antibiotics, whiplash or other causes. 

According to the National Institutes of Health, more than 90 million people experience dizziness or a balance problem. 85% of those problems are a result of pathology within the inner ear. Balance related falls account for more than half of the accidental falls in the elderly population. 

As recently as January of 2011, Medicare now covers Physical Therapy for Canalith Repositioning, one of the most effective treatments for BPPV. The Outpatient Physical Therapy Department at McLean has "Steady on Your Feet," a specific program that can help you. 

Our team of specially trained therapists can evaluate and establish a treatment program that can eliminate or decrease the effects of BPPV within 2 or 3 treatment sessions. McLean Outpatient Physical Therapists are trained in Canalith Repositioning and will perform a comprehensive evaluation including a balance and gait assessment, vestibular system assessment and establishment of a customized treatment and exercise program. Program benefits include decreased dizziness, improved balance and coordination, and increased ability to perform activities of daily living.