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Balance and Vestibular Rehabilitation Services

Our Fall Prevention Program

UHS Home Care offers the In Balance fall prevention program, which works to reduce the incidence of falling and falling-related injuries for seniors and others at risk. This rehabilitation program is provided in the patient’s home.

UHS physical therapists provide comprehensive evaluation and treatment of balance and vestibular disorders. If you suffer from dizziness, imbalance or frequent falls, physical therapy may be able to assist in relieving or eliminating these complaints.

People who have vestibular impairments often complain of dizziness, vertigo (false sense of rotation), imbalance (unsteadiness), nausea, vomiting or hearing loss. These symptoms may cause sufferers to avoid normal daily activities and other actions they previously enjoyed. This can result in a poorer quality of life and a sedentary lifestyle.

Conditions That May Benefit from Balance and Vestibular Rehabilitation

If you have been diagnosed with or exhibit any of these conditions, you may benefit from balance and vestibular rehabilitation services:

  • Lightheadedness or imbalance 
  • Vertigo (spinning sensation) with or without nausea 
  • Difficulty walking in visually busy environments, poor lighting or on uneven surfaces 
  • Head trauma or injury; post-concussive syndrome
  • Peripheral vestibular disorders such as vestibular neuritis, labyrinthitis or acoustic neuroma 
  • Neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease or stroke/cerebrovascular accident

Causes of Dizziness

Dizziness can be caused by problems with the inner ear (peripheral vestibular disorders) or the neurological system (central vestibular disorders).

Common Peripheral Vestibular Disorders

  • Vestibular neuritis: viral infection or ischemia to the vestibular nerve 
  • Labyrinthitis: viral or bacterial infection to the labyrinth of the inner ear 
  • Meniere’s disease: recurrent spontaneous attacks of tinnitus (ringing in ears), vertigo, nausea and imbalance 
  • Acoustic neuroma: tumor on the eighth (vestibular-cochlear) cranial nerve
  • Ototoxic medications: destruction of the vestibular system by certain medications 
  • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo: vertigo (sensation of spinning or rotation) caused by change in position 

Common Central Vestibular Disorders

  • Multiple sclerosis 
  • Stroke/cerebral vascular accident
  • Parkinson’s disease 

Treatment

Once you have obtained a prescription/order for physical therapy from your physician, you will be evaluated by a physical therapist with special training in vestibular rehabilitation. The therapist will help determine factors that are contributing to your balance and dizziness problems. Following the evaluation, the therapist will work with your physician to create an individualized care plan and then begin treatment as indicated. 

Treatments may include:

  • Canalith repositioning maneuver for benign paroxysmal positional vertigo
  • Balance assessment and balance retraining exercises
  • Vestibular habituation and adaptation exercises
  • Education on fall prevention and use of appropriate assistive devices

Location and Hours

Balance and vestibular rehabilitation services are available at these locations:

UHS Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Johnson City
UHS Wilson Medical Center
607.763.6033

Monday through Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

UHS Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Endicott
1302 East Main Street, Endicott, NY
607.757.2600

Monday through Thursday: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Friday: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Saturday: 8 a.m. to noon

UHS Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Pennsylvania Avenue
65 Pennsylvania Avenue, Binghamton, NY
607.762.2176

Monday through Thursday: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Friday: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Saturday: 8 a.m. to noon

UHS Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Walton
UHS Delaware Valley Hospital, Walton, NY
607.865.2155

Monday through Thursday: 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Friday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Also of Interest

UHS Home Care offers the In Balance fall prevention program, which works to reduce the incidence of falling and falling-related injuries for seniors and others at risk. This rehabilitation program is provided in the patient’s home.

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