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Vestibular Therapy

We offer help for patients who experience dizziness and imbalance often caused by inner ear disorders. While the most common cause of vertigo is Benign Paraxismal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), the condition may occur following such events as whiplash, or closed head injury.  It may also appear as a symptom of aging, central nervous system disorders or hearing problems. The resulting dizziness and balance difficulty can lead to increased incidence of falls and injury, headaches, and diminished quality of life, Therapy is designed to help ease symptoms and improve function for those experiencing dizziness due to:

  • Whiplash
  • Aging
  • Head trauma
  • Balance problems following surgery
  • Ototoxicity, or ear poisoning caused by medication or chemicals
  • Stroke
  • Other disorders, conditions or traumas as diagnosed by a patient’s physician

What is vestibular therapy?

Physical therapists with specialized training develop an individualized program which may include canalinth repositioning, exercises and other balance training to help patients diminish their symptoms and improve their balance and safety. Goals of therapy include decrease dizziness, improve balance, and increase patients ability to return to normal function and activities.

Physicians see patients to determine if vestibular rehab will be helpful. After referral from physician, we design an outpatient treatment program to help individuals return to their highest level of function.

Vestibular rehabilitation services are available at the following Sentara Therapy Center locations:


CarePlex - Hampton
Port Warwick - Newport News

North Carolina

Currituck - Barco, NC 


Hilltop - Virginia Beach
Leigh - Norfolk
Obici - Suffolk
St. Lukes - Carrollton

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