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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
  • Stabilize gait and vision

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

COVID-19 Update: A Message to Our Patients

UPMC Centers for Rehab Services is working hard to make sure we can continue to provide excellent care to our patients as the novel coronavirus COVID-19 continues to make headlines. We are taking steps every day to protect our patients and our staff from this virus. Get more information (PDF).

Make an Appointment

All UPMC Centers for Rehab Services patients can be seen in the office or by video visit at this time. If you currently have an appointment, have questions or need physical, speech, or occupational therapy services, we are an essential medical provider and are here to serve you. For additional details and to make an appointment, call 1-888-723-4277 and select option 2, or email CRSRefCoordinator@upmc.edu.

Outpatient Therapy at More Than 70 Locations

We cover a lot of ground when it comes to providing physical, occupational, and speech therapy. There are more than 70 UPMC Centers for Rehab Services located throughout western Pennsylvania with convenient office hours, so it’s easy to find one that’s close to where you live or work.

With a wide variety of specialized therapy programs, some of the region's most experienced rehabilitation professionals, and residency programs that attract talent from across the country, you can be sure that you'll receive the highest quality treatments available.

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Additional Resources

For a complete listing of contact information for our locations, download our phone and fax number list (PDF).

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