Balance and Vestibular Rehabilitation Programs

Dizziness and balance problems can significantly affect quality of life and the ability to function. In some cases, dizziness results in a higher risk for falls and serious injuries. Our balance and vestibular rehabilitation program offers a complete and methodical approach to uncover and treat the underlying cause of your balance problems.

What Is Vestibular Therapy?

Including structures in the inner ear and connections to the brain, your vestibular system helps maintain your body’s sense of equilibrium, or balance. Balance and vestibular rehabilitation is a specific type of physical therapy​ that focuses on minimizing the effects of vertigo and imbalance disorders.

Therapy consists of exercises specifically prescribed to help your condition so that you may return to a safe and active lifestyle. Exercises often incorporate head movement, repositioning, and gait stabilization.

What Causes Balance Problems?

There are many different causes of balance problems, including migraine headaches and concussions. Other causes of frequent dizziness or falls encompass a variety of inner ear and brain disorders, such as:

  • Meniere’s disease
  • Positional vertigo (BPPV)
  • Vestibular neuritis

Balance Disorder Symptoms

Symptoms of damage to the vestibular system or of a balance disorder often include:

  • Dizziness
  • Vertigo (sensation of spinning)
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Frequent falls

Benefits of Balance and Vestibular Therapy

At UPMC Centers for Rehab Services, our specially trained therapists work to return you to a full and independent life as soon as possible. Though there is no specific solution for diagnosed balance disorders, vestibular therapy significantly reduces symptoms.

Depending upon your evaluation, a vestibular therapist can include exercises to:

  • Improve symptoms of dizziness
  • Increase stability during walking
  • Reduce risk of falls
  • Stabalize gait and vision

Read more about the experiences of patients who received balance and vestibular rehabilitation therapy​ from UPMC Centers for Rehab Services.

Locations for Balance and Vestibular Therapy


Phone Address
Aspinwall 412-781-0602 CRS-UPMC St. Margaret
Park Place at Chapel Harbor,
Suite 200
300 Chapel Harbor Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
Bedford 814-623-3510 CRS-Bedford
10455 Lincoln Highway
Everett, PA 15537
Cranberry Township 724-720-3050 UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex
8000 Cranberry Springs Drive
Cranberry Township, PA 16066
Cresson 814-886-5097

794 Gallitzin Road
Cresson, PA  16630

Emlenton ​724-867-1600 409 Main Street
P.O. Box 511
Emlenton, PA 16373​
Franklin-    Circle Street 814-432-9405 44 Circle Street
Franklin, PA 16323
Greensburg 724-830-8750 5142 Route 30
Greensburg, PA 15601
Greenville 724-588-3001 26 Conneaut Lake
Greenville, PA 16125
​Harborcreek (Erie)  ​814-877-7078 ​2101 Nagle Road
Erie, PA 16501
Hermitage 724-347-6660 Hermitage Crossing
1115 N. Hermitage Road
Hermitage, PA 16148
McCandless 412-630-9750 9365 McKnight Road, Suite 300
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Monroeville 412-380-0551 UPMC at Oxford Drive, Suite 310
600 Oxford Drive
Monroeville, PA 15146
Moon Township 412-269-7062 UPMC West
1600 Coraopolis Heights Road
Coraopolis, PA 15108
North Strabane 724-229-5260 ​Meadowpointe
470 Johnson Road
UPMC of Washington, Suite 110
Washington, PA 15301
Balance Lab
412-647-8091 Eye & Ear Institute
Fourth floor, Room 459
203 Lothrop St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Seneca ​814-678-4656

100 Fairfield Drive
Seneca, PA  16346

Sarver 724-295-0066 252 Buffalo Plaza
Route 356
Sarver, PA 16055
South Hills 412-851-8850 UPMC South Hills, Suite 1F
1300 Oxford Drive
Bethel Park, PA 15102
South Side 412-432-3700 UPMC Rooney Sports Complex
3200 South Water St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
South Side 412-586-6900 UPMC Mercy South Side
Outpatient Center
2000 Mary St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Uniontown 724-437-7500 160 Wayland Smith Drive, Suite 102
Uniontown, PA 15401
​West 26th Street ​814-452-4447 ​1325 West 26th Street
Erie, PA 16508

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