Vertigo Treatment Program

Vertigo is defined as “the sensation of either moving around in space or of having objects moving about the person”. Vertigo is not the same as faintness, lightheadedness or dizziness. Vertigo can be quite debilitating.

There are many causes of vertigo. Some cases result from conditions such as:

  • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BBPV)
  • Neuritis/Labyrinthitis
  • Vestibular hypofunction
  • Concussion/Post-concussion syndrome
  • Traumatic brain injury

Physical therapists at Christian Hospital develop individualized vertigo treatment plans to address the specific impairments and causes of a patient’s vertigo. Treatment may include canalith repositioning maneuvers, habituation exercises, gaze stability, coordination exercises, neuromuscular re-education for balance retraining and advanced gait skills training if needed. Each patient receives a customized home exercise program to help improve their quality of life.

Depending on the cause of a patient's vertigo, improvement can be seen in as little as two to four visits. However, it can take six to eight weeks to correct balance and gait issues caused by traumatic brain injury or vestibular hypofunction.

Christian Hospital also offers a Fall Prevention Program for patients who are at risk of falling due to vertigo.

For more information on the treatment of vertigo or to make an appointment call 314.953.6090 or email us.