One of the latest additions to services offered at Harlan ARH Hospital has been a new type of rehabilitation therapy for dizziness and balance disorders caused by illness or damage to the inner ear.
Recently two clinicians from the rehabilitation services department, Heather McKnight, PT, DPT and Kimber Nolan, MS, OTR/L, received their certification in the evaluation, treatment and management of vestibular disorders from the American Institute of Balance in Tampa, Florida.
This certification offers local doctors and patients well-proven, evidenced-based protocols and programs to provide effective treatment for a variety of inner ear disorders.
Dizziness is the second most common complaint heard in physician offices. Statistics reported by The National Institute of Health indicate that dizziness will occur in 90 million of the nation’s population at some time in their lives.
Dizziness is the number one complaint for individuals over age 70. Although very common, acute or chronic problems with equilibrium may limit a person’s everyday living. Equilibrium disorders fall into two categories:
· Dizziness, vertigo or motion intolerance: Acute or sharp attacks may last only seconds or sometimes for several hours. This condition may be caused or worsened by rapid head movements, turning too quickly, walking or riding.
· Persistent sense of imbalance, unsteadiness or what some people refer to as loss of surefootedness. This may lead to a high risk of falling which can result in fractures or head trauma.
The good news is that diagnosis and treatment options have become more effective over the past 10 years. According to Johns Hopkins University Hospital, 85 percent of all forms of dizziness and imbalance can be helped once a proper diagnosis is made.
There is hope for many who once thought there might be no relief.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Harlan ARH Rehabilitation Services at 606-573-8210.