Vestibular Rehabilitation

Vestibular Rehabilitation

Vestibular Rehabilitation

Dizziness is the third most frequent reason people see their physicians. Northwestern Medicine offers evaluation and treatment for a wide variety of conditions that can result in dizziness, poor balance, motion sensitivity or a general feeling of unsteadiness.

Our staff has extensive training in the evaluation of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), vestibular dysfunctions and balance disorders. Our therapists will take a detailed history, review diagnostic tests that may have been performed and perform a physical evaluation of the musculoskeletal and vestibular systems. Computerized balance assessments will be used, if necessary.

Our therapists will then develop and implement and individualized treatment program that may include:

  • Adaptation or habituation exercise to strengthen the vestibular system
  • Balance retraining activities
  • Home exercises and/or self-treatment activities
  • Specific maneuvers for positional vertigo

The ultimate goal of our program is to decrease the incidence, severity and duration of dizziness or disequilibrium symptoms, improve balance, increase quality of life and enhance independence in all activities of daily living and recreation.

Northwestern Medicine offers rehabilitation services at several different locations in the Western Suburbs. Find a location.

Learn more about our Dizziness and Balance Program.

Physical Therapy for Vertigo

Vestibular rehabilitation therapy is an exercise-based approach to physical therapy for individuals suffering from dizziness, vertigo, or other inner ear disorders.

The vestibular rehabilitation program provides an individualized, comprehensive evaluation and treatment approach. In vestibular rehabilitation, the physical therapist asks the patient to perform motions that are intended to make the patient dizzy.

The patient is then able to focus on his or her body position and coordination, which helps the brain compensate for lost balance more quickly.

Conditions that might benefit from vestibular rehabilitation include:

  • BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo)
  • Bilateral and unilateral dysfunctions
  • Otolith dysfunction
  • Vestibular Labyrinthitis
  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Ototoxicity
  • Meniere’s Syndrome
  • Neurologic disorders like stroke, brain injury, and multiple sclerosis
  • Vestibular neuronitis
  • Migraine Variant Dizziness
  • Stroke/ central nervous disorders