The vestibular system is a complex part of the inner ear responsible for maintaing balance. When problems occur in the vestibular system, the result is dizziness, vertigo, lightheadedness, fogginess, or wooziness. Patients describe staggering, stumbling, falls or near falls, veering to one side or the other, and lack of “sure- footedness.” According to the National Institute of Health, over 12 million people visit their doctors for evaluation and treatment of dizziness or unsteadiness each year.
Balance is affected by three systems: Vestibular (the inner ear labyrinth), Visual, and Somatosensory (input from the extremities and trunk about our position in space and our support surface). Each system provides unique and essential information. Because of the multiple systems involved, people with vestibular or balance problems may also complain of headaches, neck and back pain, nausea, increased motion sickness, sensitivity to bright light or noise, or difficulty with vision in areas with “busy” carpet or wallpaper and areas of heavy traffic. Dizziness and unbalance are a common, but complicated, problem.
Leading Edge’s Vestibular Rehabilitation begins with a thorough assessment of all three sensory systems of balance. We will also evaluate your overall physical condition to identify any underlying deficits, resulting in decreased dizziness and improved stability and function.