What are vestibular and balance disorders?
The primary function of the vestibular system is to inform our brain of where our body is in space. Our vestibular system is divided in to two main components, the peripheral system and the central system. The peripheral vestibular system consists of a series of canals in the inner ear and the central system is in the brainstem. Common peripheral vestibular disorders include: benign paroxysmal positioning vertigo (BPPV), Meniere’s disease, vestibular neuritis, bilateral vestibulopathy, vestibular paroxysmia and superior canal dehiscence syndrome (SCDCS). Central vestibular dysfunction is often associated with peripheral vestibular dysfunction and manifest as movement and balance disorders. Dizziness, imbalance, running in to things while walking and falls are all associated with central vestibular dysfunction.
How HDPT can help
Using our diagnostic tools (i.e., VNG and dynamic balance testing) we are able to evaluate the central and peripheral vestibular system and specifically identify which parts of the system are not functioning correctly. With this information we can design specific treatment strategies for each individual patient to address their specific needs.