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Vestibular can cause Dizziness and Balance Disorders

CHICAGO, IL- Vestibular (inner ear) disorders can cause dizziness, vertigo, imbalance, hearing changes, nausea, fatigue, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and other symptoms. These symptoms can have potentially devastating effects on a person’s day-today functioning, ability to work, relationships with family and friends, and quality of life.

Vestibular, or balance system, disorders can be caused by a variety of influences, including viral infection, vestibular (balance) nerve neuronitis (decreased nerve function), cardiovascular disease, head trauma, poisoning, allergies, aging and many other diseases of the inner ear. Diagnosing and treating vestibular disorders is not always straightforward. In addition, such disorders are often “invisible”, making it difficult for others to understand how disabling they can be. Therefore, it is very important that people who suffer from balance disorders seek out professionals with the education, training and experience to properly diagnose and treat balance disorders.

The diagnosis of balance disorders begins with a visit to your Audiologist who will perform both hearing and balance testing to determine the functionality or your inner ear balance system and hearing mechanisms. If a measurable deficit is identified the Audiologist will provide the proper referral for treatment whether it’s Vestibular Therapy or medical/surgical remediation. When a referral is warranted the Audiologist will either send you to an Ear Nose and Throat specialist for medical treatment or to a Physical Therapist for treatment. Physical therapy for balance disorders requires specialized training and experience to provide the proper exercises and routines.

Physical Therapy Solutions is the only facility in the northwest suburbs of Chicago with a comprehensive balance and fall risk program along with a strengthening program. Assisted with a medical history from your doctor, we can perform specific tests to determine your ability to maintain your balance as well as your risk of falling. Our computerized equilibrium tests can evaluate the sensory and motor parts of your balance system. Sensory tests assess inner ears, eyes and sense of touch in your feet and joints that contribute to balance control. Our motor tests will measure your ability to execute coordinated movements, both voluntary and involuntary, to maintain your balance. All of these tests will help define the cause of your balance problem and are the foundation of devising a unique, individualized program for you. We utilize a state-of-the-art balance machine and our balance therapy programs have a 98% balance improvement success rate.

Rupangi Patel PT, Co-founder/CEO of Physical Therapy Solutions Group, is a physical therapist with more than 32 years of experience gleaned over two continents. Rupangi and her team of seven therapists have been serving the Northwest suburban area since 1990 and she opened her own clinic in 2005. Rupangi is skilled in evaluating and treating various orthopedic and neurological conditions and has expertise in vestibular rehabilitation. She has undergone extensive training in the treatment of patients with balance and mobility ailments, with a particular focus on dizziness. Rupangi and her team of six therapists have helped thousands of patients get back to enjoying their daily living. For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation, please call: Physical Therapy Solutions 847-240-2000.

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