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What is vestibular rehabilitation therapy?

Vestibular rehabilitation therapy is a type of physical therapy. Vestibular rehabilitation therapy uses special exercises including visual, head and balance exercises to retrain the vestibular system to restore normal function.

How is the center different than regular physical therapy offices?

The Summit Health Center for Dizziness and Balance Disorders differs from traditional physical therapy services because we focus only on patients with vestibular disorders. This allows us to provide advanced diagnostics and customized treatment for conditions ranging from simple positional type vertigo to complex vestibular conditions that have not been resolved by other medical treatment.

What staff members will be treating patients?

All of our staff specialize in vestibular rehabilitation therapy and are ready to help you. Our staff are:

  • Dr. Michael DeCriscio
  • Brittany Schuh, PT, DPT
  • Julianna McCracken, PT
  • Rebecca West, PT, MSPT
  • Angela Meyer, PTA
  • Candi Brechbill, PTA
  • Blaine "Jay" Snyder, MPT

Is there special equipment used? What does it do?

We use computerized vestibular rehabilitation therapy equipment. This technology, combined with your examination, helps our physical therapists target the underlying cause of your symptoms. Knowing this information helps us to create a customized treatment plan just for you.

How long will it take until I feel better?

This is different for everyone. Your physical therapist will evaluate you and discuss your specific plan, including the recommended number of visits.

How will I feel after each treatment?

Some exercises may cause mild dizziness or imbalance, which typically resolves quickly. Those symptoms will be monitored closely by our highly trained staff.

How often will I need to come to therapy?

The frequency of visits will be determined by your physical therapist. You will discuss this at your first visit, and as your care continues. If you have questions, please ask.

Does insurance cover vestibular rehab?

Most insurances cover vestibular rehabilitation. Your insurance benefits will be verified by our team and reviewed with you prior to your first visit.

Will vestibular rehabilitation help my balance problem even if I do not have dizziness?

Yes. Depending on the area of the vestibular system that is affected, some patients may have imbalance without dizziness that can be helped with customized rehabilitation.

Will vestibular rehabilitation help to prevent me from falling?

Yes. Our comprehensive clinical examination combined with customized vestibular exercises can help prevent future falls.

Can vestibular rehab help improve concussions?

Yes. Vestibular rehabilitation is one of the best treatments to increase the recovery rate of post-concussion syndromes.

Can children be seen for vestibular rehab?

Yes. Children who can communicate their symptoms and follow directions for exercises are candidates for treatment.