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Unity Launches Therapy for Vertigo and Other Inner Ear Disorders

Vestibular disorders, such as vertigo, imbalance and motion sickness, can have devastating effects on a person’s lifestyle. If not treated properly, vestibular disorders can impair work, and diminish quality of life.  It can cause such things as severe headaches, blurred vision, hearing impairment, and falls or difficulty walking. Often considered “invisible” conditions, vestibular disorders are at times difficult to diagnose and treat.   


According to the Vestibular Disorders Association, causes of these conditions include:

·        Viral or bacterial infections of the inner ear

·        Allergies

·        Head trauma

·        Use of certain drugs

·        Degeneration of hair cells in the inner ear

·        Aging


Treatment options for vestibular disorders are rehabilitation therapy, medication and in some cases, surgery.


Unity Hospital offers therapy for vestibular disorders - clinically proven methods that improve a person's balance reduce or eliminate dizziness, and other symptoms associated with these conditions.


The therapy retrains the brain to recognize and process signals from the inner ear, and coordinate those signals with vision and other functions that regulate balance.  It involves working with a specialized rehabilitation therapist, who will develop an individualized plan of exercises and movements, based on a thorough evaluation. 


Benign Paroxysomal Positional Vertigo, or BPPV, is treated with canalith repositioning—a procedure involving a physical therapist manuevering the patient's head to realign misplaced loose particles in the ear to where they belong. The success rate of this procedure can be as high as 90 percent.


According to research, Vestibular Rehabilitation improves balance, and reduces dizziness, nausea, fatigue, muscle tension and headaches associated with vestibular disorders, or eliminate them altogether.  These exercises can have a lasting affect that can return patients to an active lifestyle.

Therapy improves balance when exercise is done correctly and regularly. Many times no other treatment, such as medication or surgery, is required. 


An informational seminar about vestibular disorders and treatment will be held at Unity Hospital Education Center on Tuesday, March 18, 2008 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.  The seminar is free and open to the public.  Seating is limited.  For more information or to register, call 368-3000 or visit www.unityhealth.org and click on “classes.”



Unity Hospital is an affiliate of Unity Health System, a 681-bed health care network serving the city of Rochester and western Monroe County. Specialty units include intensive care, surgery, chemical dependency and mental health, obstetrics, brain injury rehabilitation, and skilled nursing. Unity Hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission is affiliated with the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.