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Do you suffer from dizziness not caused by blood pressure problems or medications?
Many people who suffer from vertigo and imbalance can be helped by the vestibular laboratory and vestibular rehabilitation at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. The Vestibular Laboratory in the Hearing and Speech Department offers complete vestibular evaluations. These evaluations are performed by an audiologist and interpreted by an Otolaryngologist. The physical therapists at CompRehab Plaza offer comprehensive rehabilitation through exercises for dizziness, balance and fall prevention, lower extremity strengthening, assessment of the home environment and other treatment strategies specific to the individual patient.
Who would benefit from vestibular lab testing and/or vestibular rehabilitation?
Patients who have persistent complaints of dizziness or disequilibrium and those who have a history of unexplained falls may benefit from vestibular intervention. The goal of the vestibular evaluation is to provide information to referring physicians so that they may distinguish between a peripheral vestibular disorder and one of central nervous system origin. In some cases, more than one factor may be contributing to a dizziness and/or balance problem.
There are many different conditions that cause the symptoms of vertigo, dizziness, imbalance and difficulty walking. A common cause of dizziness is Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), which can be treated easily with vestibular rehabilitation. Problems caused by a head injury or stroke can also cause these problems and may be helped by vestibular rehabilitation; however, the compensation is usually slower and less complete. Other conditions and etiologies associated with dizziness include genetic syndromes, multiple sclerosis, Meniere’s disease, vestibular schwannomas, vestibulo-toxic medications, perilymphatic fistula, and migraine-associated vertigo.
How is one referred for vestibular lab testing and/or vestibular rehabilitation?
If deemed necessary by the physician, a referral might be made to an Otolaryngologist for further testing prior to vestibular rehab. An audiologist at the vestibular lab can perform comprehensive testing to help the physicians and therapists direct their treatments. The primary care physician or neurologist can also write an order for the lab testing or vestibular rehabilitation.
For more information on the vestibular rehabilitation program, please contact the Neurorehabilitation at Comp Rehab Plaza, 336-716-8004. If you have a doctor's referral and would like to schedule an appointment for vestibular rehabilitation, please call 336-716-8400.
For more information on the vestibular laboratory or to make an appointment, please call 336-716-3103.