Vestibular Physiotherapist Peter Vitale developed the Melbourne Vestibular Clinic within the practice recognising the need for comprehensive and specialised assessment and treatment for those experiencing a Vestibular disorder. It was important to him that individuals that needed specialist assistance regarding diagnosis and treatment had access to this service locally and without waitlists.
Our Vestibular rehabilitation team consists of Physiotherapists and Exercise Physiologists that work closely with GPs, ENT's and audiologists to help patients experiencing symptoms of a Vestibular disorder. The benefit of the Physiotherapy and Exercise Physiology collaboration on site is that diagnosis, treatment planning and rehabilitation can all be done in one place with a team that works together closely that know your case and that knows you. The team case conference weekly and hold regular professional development sessions so that each member of the team is up to date with the latest in management techniques and strategies.
Vestibular Physiotherapy is a highly specialised area and we are proud to bring it to our local community.
The most common symptoms of vestibular disorder are Dizziness, Vertigo (the room is spinning sensation), Light headedness, Disequilibrium (feeling unsteady while walking), as well as motion sickness. These conditions can be highly distressing and can impact on quality of life; we feel that is important to manage these conditions comprehensively from the onset.
Our team has experience working with:
Benign Paraoxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
Cervicogenic dizziness (neck related dizziness)
Presbystasis (aged related balance loss)
Superior Semicircular Canal Dehiscence (SSCD)
Imbalance following ear surgery or head injury.
The first step in developing a treatment plan is understanding your condition, our blog page has some great information as a starting point.
During you assessment your physiotherapist will confirm a diagnosis and look to create a treatment plan to best manage your individual presentation with consideration to your goals. The plan may include:
BPPV treatment and BPPV exercises
Vestibular rehabilitation with an Accredited Exercise Physiologist
Prescribed Exercise plans
Programs to improve balance
Referral to other health professionals (ENT specialist, neurologist or audiologist).