VESTIBULAR PHYSICAL THERAPY CONSUMER GUIDE
All licensed physical therapists are trained to provide comprehensive care for any individual regardless of diagnosis. Some therapists, however, have received additional training in specialized areas; including Vestibular Rehabilitation.
Consumers seeking an evaluation of and/or treatment for unsteadiness and dizziness related to an inner ear disorder can identify a qualified physical therapist by asking a few simple questions prior to/or during the initial appointment.
- How long have you been working with patients who have had vestibular disorders?
- Did you receive specialized training in vestibular rehabilitation?
- With what types of vestibular disorders are you most familiar?
- Are there types of vestibular disorders you are less familiar with and would not feel comfortable treating?
- How many patients with vestibular disorders do you usually see in a week?
Consumers seeking information about the nature of therapy sessions and the course of treatment may want to ask additional questions.
- What procedures are included in an examination? Do they involve specialized equipment? Are they painful? Will they make me dizzy?
- Will I be able to drive home afterward or should I bring someone with me who can drive?
- What information should I bring with me to my first session? My medical history? My list of medications?
- How frequently does a patient come to therapy during a vestibular rehabilitation program?
- Does the treatment include a home exercise program or does all treatment occur in the clinic?
- What are the keys to a successful rehabilitation program?