Kelsy WrightKelsy Wright PT, DPT (Click for bio)
Physical Therapist
Therapeutic Associates Oregon City Physical Therapy

Did you know, dizziness is the third most common reason for visiting a physician, and 85% of dizziness complaints have at least a partial vestibular component. It is estimated that 34.5% of US adults aged 40 years and older will experience vestibular dysfunction at some point in their lives. The vestibular system uses information from the eyes, inner ear, and extremities to help keep your body balanced. Sometimes this information is incomplete or distorted, causing dizziness or a loss of balance. Vestibular Therapy is specialized physical therapy directed at the vestibular component of the nervous system. The purpose is to restore good communication between these sources of information and the brain in order to allow better balance or eliminate dizziness. Falls related to dizziness or balance deficits are a leading cause of injury requiring hospitalization. Physical therapy is a common treatment for many vestibular conditions that trains patients to “treat themselves” with exercises they can do at home to prevent future problems. Successful treatment can take as few as 1-2 sessions and is dependent on the cause of the dizziness.

Symptoms of vestibular disorders may include:

  • Dizziness or vertigo (a spinning sensation)
  • Imbalance
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Fatigue
  • Jumpy vision
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Hearing loss

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, a physical therapist can help distinguish the cause of your symptoms and perform a thorough evaluation of the following:

  • Vertigo and dizziness (whether a certain position or movement provokes symptoms)
  • Balance difficulty
  • Walking difficulty
  • Postural control
  • Flexibility and strength deficits in your muscles and joints

We will create an individualized treatment plan based on the source of your dizziness or deficits, including in-clinic treatments and exercises for home. Treatment May Include:

  • Canalithic Repositioning Procedure for BPPV(N)
  • Eye/head exercises for gaze stabilization
  • Habituation exercises for reducing position and movement provoked dizziness
  • Balance exercises
  • Ambulation training with or without assistive devices
  • Strengthening, flexibility, and conditioning programs
  • Education in activity, environment, and lifestyle as they impact balance and dizziness