The vestibular system is responsible for processing sensory information to help control your balance and eye movements. It includes parts of the inner ear and brain. If there is damage to these areas through disease (i.e. BPPV, Meniere’s Disease, labyrinthitis) or injury (i.e. motor vehicle accidents, sports injuries), it can result in disorders of dizziness, imbalance, vertigo and headaches.
Vestibular rehabilitation may be aimed at correcting the problem, minimizing symptoms, and/or promoting overall wellness through movement, exercise and education.
After sustaining a concussion, an initial assessment is recommended within the first week of the injury. During an initial assessment a thorough evaluation is conducted to assess the severity of the injury. This can include a detailed history of the injury, previous concussion history, Vestibular and Oculo-Motor screen, and assessment of the cervical spine and any other musculoskeletal concerns.
After a full comprehensive assessment is completed, the individual is provided with individualized resting and self-management strategies, appropriate Vestibular and Oculo-Motor rehabilitation exercises, treatment of musculoskeletal concerns, and a step-by-step guideline of return to sport/work.