Crest Treatments and Solutions
The form of treatment prescribed for vestibular disorders depends upon:
- Medical history and general health
- A physical examination by a qualified doctor
- Diagnostic test results.
In addition to being treated for any underlying disease that may contribute to the balance disorder, treatment can include:
Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT):
VRT uses specific head, body, and eye exercises designed to retrain the brain to recognize and process signals from the vestibular system and coordinate them with information from vision and proprioception. The choice and form of VRT exercises differs from person to person.
Home exercises are often a vital part of treatment. Appropriate VRT exercises will be assigned by the physical therapist to be performed at a prescribed pace, along with a progressive fitness program to increase energy and reduce stress.
Many people with Ménière’s disease, secondary endolymphatic hydrops, and migraine-associated dizziness find that certain modifications in diet are helpful in managing their disorder. Avoidance of non-dietary substances such as nicotine and some types of medications may also reduce symptoms.
The use of medication in treating vestibular disorders depends on whether the vestibular system dysfunction is in an initial or acute phase (lasting up to 5 days), or a chronic phase (ongoing).
When medical treatment isn’t effective in controlling vertigo and other symptoms caused by vestibular system dysfunction, surgery may be considered. The type of surgery performed depends upon each individual’s diagnosis and physical condition. Surgical procedures for peripheral vestibular disorders are either corrective or destructive. The goal of corrective surgery is to repair or stabilize inner ear function. The goal of destructive surgery is to stop the production of sensory information or prevent its transmission from the inner ear to the brain.
Symptoms from vestibular disorders are invisible and unpredictable. This does not mean that they are imaginary, but that they often contribute to a wide range of psychological impacts. People who have a vestibular disorder often need support and may benefit from counseling to cope with lifestyle changes, depression, guilt, and grief that come from no longer being able to meet their own or others’ expectations.