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Madison, WI 53715

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Dizziness & Balance

If you are dizzy or off balance your doctor may suspect you have an inner ear, or vestibular, problem. Vestibular problems can be caused by many issues including Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo, peripheral vestibular problems (coming from the inner ear), or central vestibular problems (coming from the brain).

Unity Point Health - Meriter vestibular physical therapists have specialized training to assess and treat patients with all types of vestibular problems. We use our clinical expertise in combination with state-of-the-art technology and equipment to help determine the cause of your symptoms. Individualized recommendations and exercises to treat your symptoms are developed to help you return to the activities that are important to you.

Your therapist will take a detailed history that includes your prior level of activities, your current symptoms, and how these symptoms are impacting your movement and functioning. A thorough examination will be performed which may include an evaluation of your eye movement, how your eyes and your vestibular system work together, the impact of your position on your symptoms, your sensitivity to motion, and your balance. Based on the results of this examination, an individualized treatment program will be established and could include canalith repositioning maneuvers (such as the Epley Maneuver), customized exercises, activity recommendations, and education.

Equipment used may include:

  • Computerized dynamic posturography to assess balance
  • Computerized testing for dynamic visual acuity
  • Infrared goggles to assess dizziness

Fall Assessments

Falls are the #1 cause of injury-related deaths in Dane County. Improving your balance and preventing falls can increase your independence and confidence at home and in the community. Physical therapists have specialty training to assess what may causing or contributing to your balance problems and develop an individualized home program and strategies to help you achieve your goals and improve your safety.  Many risk factors can be addressed such as lower body and core weakness, dizziness, home hazards, safety awareness/behavior change and assessment for a proper assistive device such as a cane or a walker.