The Vestibular System or "Inner Ear" is comprised primarily of three semi-circular canals, two vestibular organs named the Utricle and Saccule, and the Vestibular Nerve that relays information from the Vestibular System to the Brain for processing and integration. Within the semi-circular canals is fluid that spins based on the rotation of the head and responds to rotational acceleration. Within the Utricle and Saccule is a sticky, gelatinous layer that has many microscopic "crystals" called otoconia attached to the layer and responds to linear acceleration. These structures exist bilaterally in each ear and provide a large amount of information to the brain as to the position and movement of the head in space and allows the brain to coordinate your vision and balance based on that information so that your vision can remain focused at all times regardless of head movement or position.
A Personal Message From Physical Therapist Dr. Jacob Brindle,
Ask yourself when the last time you were able to lay down in bed or roll over without feeling spinning or feeling "off". When was the last time you were able to walk with your family or friends without stumbling, bumping into things, or feeling unsafe or off-balance? When was the last time you fell because you lost your balance? Do you feel uneasy, avoid certain movements, or have blurred vision when you turn your head, like, say, when you're driving? Motion sickness or ringing in the ears? Difficulty focusing while reading? Have you ever answered "yes" to a questionnaire in the Doctor's office that asks if you have in the past or are currently experiencing vertigo or dizziness? YOU HAVE A VESTIBULAR DISORDER THAT NEEDS THERAPY. IT CAN BE FIXED!
Too many people in our community have suffered from or are currently suffering with dizziness, vertigo, and balance problems which affect EVERY aspect of your life including your job, your health, and even your relationships. I have been a Physical Therapist since 2011 and I cannot even describe the epidemic of people suffering from these issues and are never sent to a certified Physical Therapist who is specially trained to fix these conditions. Most of the time, I have found that Physicians don't even realize that there are PT's who CAN treat these problems very successfully (But make sure they are CERTIFIED in Vestibular Rehab). Traditionally, these patients are told to "Deal With It" and take an over-the-counter medication called Meclizine which only masks the symptoms temporarily, however, will NEVER resolve the symptoms because the physiological dysfunction continues to exist. Because the dysfunction in the inner-ear is usually due to deterioration over time from things like infection and trauma, the symptoms will only get worse with time unless you act and have your Doctor send you to us for treatment.
Dizziness is the third most common complaint to Physicians. 50% of these patients do not get a diagnosis and less than 10% of those patients are ever seen by a specialist. Even fewer of those 10% are ever sent to and treated by a specially trained and certified Physical Therapist when ultimately studies show that a rehabilitation program customized for each patient can result in resolution of symptoms 85% of the time and many times can be cured in just one or two visits. Currently, most patients are returning back to feeling normal in less than 30 days.
It saddens me when I think of how many people I can help if they would just take a moment and call. Please don't wait any longer to get the help you need.
Owner of Heart of Texas Physical Therapy
Call: 254-981-3238 or CLICK HERE.
The Vestibular System or "Inner Ear" is only about the size of your little finger nail and is extraordinarily intricate and delicate.
The structures of the Vestibular System are very susceptible to damage from bacterial and viral infections which don't necessarily have to originate in the inner ear. It is very common for illnesses such as colds and the Flu, URI's (Upper Respiratory Infections), and UTI's (Urinary Tract Infections) to cause secondary damage to the canals and nerves of the Vestibular System which lead to degeneration over time.
Age related changes such as decreased blood flow, poor oxygenation, high blood pressure, and many others contribute to deterioration over time and function of the Vestibular System worsens.
Injury from head trauma can very easily cause physical damage as well to the delicate inner ear structures. Over time the damage and degeneration adds up until the brain is no longer able to compensate for the gradual loss of vestibular function and you begin to experience symptoms: VERTIGO, DIZZINESS, DYSEQUILIBRIUM, MOTION SICKNESS, VISUAL CHANGES, NAUSEA, IMBALANCE.
These symptoms will only worsen with time as further degenerative changes occur unless you address the underlying dysfunction with Physical Therapy that is designed to train the brain to dynamically "compensate" for the loss of Vestibular System function without using medication that only masks the symptoms.