OSF Rehabilitation provides a team approach to the treatment and rehabilitation of balance disorders and dizziness .
You will have access to specially-trained audiologists and physical therapists who work closely together to identify the source of the dizziness or imbalance problem and implement the best treatment approach, customizing a treatment plan tailored to meet your specific needs.
Who Is Balance Therapy For?
Dizziness for some people might mean lightheadedness, for others it may signify unsteadiness or loss of balance. Others report a spinning sensation, often referred to as vertigo.
The most common cause of dizziness is a vestibular disorder, or problem with the inner ear.
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) is the most common vestibular problem. Typically, patients report brief episodes of intense spinning with a change in position, usually lying down, looking up or rolling over in bed.
This form of dizziness is easily treated in one to two visits. Evaluation for other types of inner ear problems is also available.
What Does Balance Therapy Involve?
We offer the latest screening and diagnostic services, with the most advanced equipment for dizziness and balance issues.
- Audiology Assessment - evaluates hearing, health, and function of the inner ear.
- Videonystagmography (VNG/ENG) - a series of tests used to evaluate the vestibular system.
- Computerized Dynamic Posturography - identifies and differentiates between sensory and motor system impairments that control balance by gently changing, or moving, a platform or the surrounding visual environment.
- Physical Therapy - assesses and treats vestibular and balance disorders using the latest equipment and evidence-based techniques.
Preparing for Balance Therapy
You will need a physician’s referral to set up an initial evaluation appointment.
What to Bring
Please bring your insurance card and a photo ID. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes.
When to Arrive
Arrive about 15 minutes prior to your scheduled visit to complete your registration process.
For children under the age of 18, a parent or guardian must be present for the initial appointment.
What to Expect
The first visit will take a little longer, approximately 45 minutes to an hour. This provides the therapist time to talk with you and gather information and measurements.
The therapist may give you a home exercise program to help get you started on your road to recovery.