What is Vestibular Therapy?

Category: Physical Therapy

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Vestibular therapy and rehabilitation is a specific type of physical therapy designed to address the unique problems of patients who suffer from vertigo, dizziness or a sense of imbalance.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Balance problems 5 6
Dizziness 5 6
Vertigo 4 5
BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo) 2 6
Vestibular balance problems 2 3
Degenerative Disc Disease 1 3

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 5
Mild 7
None 11

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Vestibular Therapy

Side effect Patients
Dizziness (vertigo) 2
Dizziness with nausea 2
Balance problems 1
Dizziness 1
Migraine headaches 1
Muscle and joint pain 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently going to Vestibular Therapy

Dosage Patients
60 min weekly 2
90 min weekly 1
120 min weekly 1
20 min daily 1
30 min daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Vestibular Therapy

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 5
Did not seem to work 3
Expense 1
Other 1
Side effects too severe 1
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Duration

Currently going to Vestibular Therapy

Duration Patients
1-3 months 1
6 months-1 year 2
1-2 years 1
2 years or more 2

Stopped going to Vestibular Therapy

Duration Patients
1-3 months 5
6 months-1 year 2
1-2 years 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 11
Usually 9
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 9
A little hard to take 5
Not at all hard to take 7
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 1
$50-99 0
$25-49 3
< $25 12
Not specified 5
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2 patient evaluations for Vestibular Therapy

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Nadira
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Nadira
Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 2
Mania: 0
Emotional: 2
Anxiety: 2
Compulsion: 1
External Stress: Moderate
55 F
Function: Low
Distress: Moderate
I am: n
I have:
Major Depressive Disorder

See Nadira's full Vestibular Therapy history

May 19, 2014 (Started Oct 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Vestibular balance problems)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Loss of balance and injury to head)
  • side effects
    Mild (Dizziness with nausea)
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: I have found my balance is getting worse, as I have not been doing the exercises. The exercises do not take a lot of time, and it is now time to renew them, and if I need to a visit to the vestibular physiotherapist for a refresher.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Nov 24, 2013 (Started Oct 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Vestibular balance problems)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Loss of balance and injury to head)
  • side effects
    Mild (Dizziness with nausea)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Advice & Tips: the more exercises I do the better the results key is having a physiotherapist that can match your balance problem with the best exercises.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
Librarian
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Librarian
Sex: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Sensation: Mild
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: mild
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: mild
Walking: moderate
I am: n
I have:
MS

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Oct 15, 2011 (Started Aug 15, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Vestibular balance problems)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 180 min Weekly
Advice & Tips: No perceived benefit.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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