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 Vestibular (Balance) Disorders Rehabilitation

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center's Vestibular Disorders Rehabilitation addresses problems with the vestibular system, which controls your sense of movement and balance. Our team is specially trained and certified in evaluating and treating your dizziness and balance disorders.

Our Patients

Patients we treat may experience symptoms such as:

  • Dizziness
  • Vertigo (the feeling that you or your environment is moving or spinning)
  • Balance disorders
  • Double vision
  • Neck pain with dizziness

Patients may include those with:

  • Cervicogenic dizziness and pain
  • Dysfunctions of the inner ear (BPPV, Meniere's disease, migraine-related dizziness, labrynthitis, neuronitis)
  • Neurological disorders (diseases of the brain, spinal cord and nerves) coupled with a dizziness or balance component
  • Parkinson's disease (a disorder of the brain that leads to shaking and difficulty with walking, movement and coordination)
  • Resected (surgically removed) brain tumors
  • Traumatic and non-traumatic brain injuries

Why Choose The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center?

There are many reasons to choose our programs and services:

  • Our Vestibular Disorders Rehab Program's physicians, physical therapists and occupational therapists use the latest technology available. Our therapists use specialized Frenzel goggles and LCD video to record findings on the patient that assist in determining the appropriate treatment.
  • Our therapists, certified in Herdman Vestibular Treatment Approaches, are specially trained to evaluate, treat and manage conditions associated with vestibular dysfunctions that contribute to dizziness and balance disorders. We also have a therapist trained to treat cervicogenic dizziness with neck injury or pain.
  • We are proud that our Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs at Dodd Hall and Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation Programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). CARF recognized our programs as meeting the highest standards in quality, safety and outcome measures, which provide risk-reduction and accountability in our patient care.
  • For 19 consecutive years, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center's rehabilitation program has been ranked among the best in the country by U.S.News & World Report.
  • Since The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is an academic medical center, our patients benefit from innovative research, a depth of medical expertise and the newest technologies and treatment techniques available.

Our Services

This program offers rehabilitation services for patients after they have returned home from the hospital or another rehabilitation facility. These are known as outpatient services. These services help patients achieve their highest level of recovery.

Following a physician's referral, your treatment may include:

  • Video-recording of eye movements to assist in diagnosis and treatment of the condition
  • A personalized plan of care developed by our clinical team and reviewed on a ongoing basis for progress
  • Exercise programs to improve range of motion, increase strength, improve flexibility and mobility, and decrease dizziness symptoms
  • Patient and family education and counseling
  • Stress management and emotional support

Your Treatment Team

Your customized treatment plan is implemented by a team of specialists who may include:

  • Physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians or physiatrists (specialize in helping people regain body functions
  • lost due to medical conditions or injury)
  • Neurologists (specialize in disorders of the nervous system)
  • Internal medicine physicians (specialize in the prevention and treatment of adult diseases)
  • Family practice physicians (specialize in assessing and treating a wide range of conditions)
  • Physical therapists (specialize in helping patients achieve maximum strength, balance and mobility) specially trained in vestibular disorders
  • Occupational therapists (specialize in improving patients’ ability to complete activities of daily living)

Care Location

Additional Specialized Services

Your rehabilitation team may recommend additional rehab services that may include:


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