Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT)
Over 69 million people have experienced vestibular dysfunction at some point in their lives. VRT may help control symptoms, reduce functional disabilities and improve quality of life.
Common Symptoms of Vestibular Disorders
A majority of adults living with vestibular disorders often go undiagnosed and untreated, resulting in a diminished quality of life and inability to perform the normal activities of daily living. Patients suffering from vestibular disorders often experience:
- Lightheadedness or dizziness
- Positional or persistent vertigo
- Impaired postural control
Consequences of Vestibular Dysfunction
The main symptoms (vertigo, dizziness and imbalance) frequently lead to physical, emotional and cognitive consequences. The physical disabilities and complications are more commonly referenced and discussed between patients and physicians. The emotional and mental distress that patients endure has only recently become a larger part of the conversation.
50% of patients suffering from vestibular dysfunction find themselves battling with some form of psychological illness, like depression or extreme anxiety, causing a diminished quality of life and increased difficulty performing activities of daily living.
Frequently other symptoms progress and develop, affecting the patient’s cognitive abilities: diminishing memory, word-recall, concentration, reading skills and mental stamina.