As a physical therapist, I’m often asked the following question by my patients, “Why am I dizzy?” Well, I can’t really answer that question without first explaining how the normal vestibular system works. So here goes!
Gentamicin and other aminoglycosides can cause permanent vestibular damage. This study - conducted by the family member of a vestibular patient - aims to evaluate the day to day limitations reported by people who have had adverse effects from these drugs.
Betsy Stengel is a Meniere's patient and a life-long swimmer. In this article she describes the challenges a swimming pool poses for a vestibular patient, such as the dancing reflection of light below the pool's surface, and how she faced her demons to reclaim her life.
A new study provides the strongest evidence that anticholinergic drugs may increase the risk for dementia in older adults.
Medical practices have significantly increased the implementation of patient-centered medical home (PCMH) practices over time to try and provide better care for patients with chronic illnesses, according to an article published online January 5 in Health Affairs.
Aminoglycosides are known to cause ototoxic damage, vestibulo-toxic impairments, nephrotoxicity (kidney damage), and encephalopathy. If you have been adversely affected by aminoglycosides you may want to participate in this survey.
Professors Floris Wuyts, balance specialist at the University of Antwerp, and Alfonso Bronstein, a neurologist from the Imperial College in London, have developed a mnemonic to help doctors more easily determine what type of dizziness their patient suffers from.
The inability to stand on one leg for more than 20 seconds is significantly associated with cerebral small-vessel disease (cSVD), specifically lacunar infarctions and micro-bleeds, in healthy patients, results of a new study suggest.
Such postural instability was also linked to cognitive decline in the middle-aged to elderly patients included in the study.
Continuing education is the secret to helping patients with vestibular disorders.
New research from a University of the Sunshine Coast PhD student has shown that seniors who exercise in groups are likely to have a reduced risk of falls later down the track.
Vaughan Nicholson, a 33-year-old physiotherapist of Ferny Hills in Brisbane, conducted a three-part study looking at the impact of group fitness on more than 100 adults aged 55-75.
His PhD in Sport and Exercise Science specifically analysed the benefits for seniors who participated in group BodyBalance and BodyPump classes over a 12 to 26 week period as well as an interactive virtual balance game.