Vestibular disorders are a common presentation amongst the community that we treat at Essendon Physio Group.
Vestibular disorders occur when parts of the inner ear and brain, that process the sensory information such as balance and eye movements, are damaged by a disease or an injury. It can occur for unknown reasons, but can also result or be worsened by genetic and environmental conditions. They can affect both children and adults. In addition to damage of motor development and balance, vestibular deficits may cause poor gaze stability that suppresses children from learning to read. Children are not screened for these disorders, which results in a failure to receive early medical attention and treatment.
Some of the most common symptoms of a Vestibular disorder are:
Vertigo (sensation of the room spinning)
Unsteadiness during gait (disequilibrium)
All these symptoms can lead to a reduced ability to perform daily functional tasks, reduced confidence and social isolation.
At Essendon Physio Group, we will be able to conduct an appropriate and thorough assessment and outline a detailed management plan. This can involve formal physiotherapy rehabilitation, referral to a specially trained Exercise Physiologist for Vestibular balance retraining and a home exercise program, or a referral to another health professional such as an Ear Nose and Throat Specialist (ENT) or Neurologist.
With our strong network of ear, nose and throat specialists, we collaborate to ensure the best possible outcomes for those with vestibular disorders.
Vestibular conditions that we can assist with include: