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Balance and Vestibular Program

Balance difficulties can be the result of a combination of aging and medical issues, or may be caused by inner ear (vestibular) problems. Resulting problems can include difficulty walking safely at a normal pace, going up and down stairs, performing activities of daily living, or dizziness while working, performing household tasks or shopping.

Common Causes of Multifactor Balance Problems:

  • Orthopedic conditions or injuries
  • Visual Problems
  • Physical inactivity
  • Muscle weakness or muscle tightness
  • Stroke or peripheral neuropathy

Common Causes of Vestibular Problems:

  • Benign positional vertigo
  • History of inner ear infection
  • Blow to the head
  • Tumor on vestibular nerve

Program Features/Requirements:

  • A physician order is required. (Send a prescription noting “Physical Therapy for Balance/Vestibular Rehabilitation” to Patricia Neal Outpatient Services.)
  • Licensed therapists take a careful history. The history includes a comprehensive analysis of balance factors,  which may include computer-assisted diagnostic and therapeutic equipment.
  • Therapists design a program of therapy and home exercise to strengthen weakened extremities and promote central nervous system compensation.
  • Therapists may recommend or may design shoe inserts to provide a more secure base of support if needed.
  • Therapists may make recommendations to improve safety of patient’s home


Phone: 865-331-1605
Fax: 865-331-4909