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Rebuilding the Self - A Patient Perspective

Posted by Cynthia Ryan

Meniere’s Disease attacks two areas of the self: the physical body with dizziness, ringing ears, fullness in the head and hearing loss and the sense of self that we construct inside ourselves; our thinking self, our spirit and our self-esteem. 

Doctors do the best they can with medication and surgery to help heal or stabilize the physical symptoms of Meniere’s, but often do little to help rebuild the inner-self.  I have learned that I can help myself and trust others to reach out and help me.

The Salt Balance

Posted by Cynthia Ryan

Many vestibular patients follow a low-salt diet. This article discusses the delicate balance between too much and too little salt and how that impacts our body's electrolyte balance.

The Changing Landscape of Concussion

Posted by Cynthia Ryan

Balance issues are more common in the first two weeks following a concussion than cognitive impairments (Karr, Areshenkoff, & Garcia-Barrera, 2014). Thus, physical therapists are a vital member of the rehabilitation team treating concussion for both assessment and recovery. Also of interest is that abnormal heel-to-toe (tandem) and feet together with eyes closed (Romberg) testing at 2-3 weeks correlates with poor neuropsychological testing related to poor effort and/or invalid test results.

CHAMPIONS OF VESTIBULAR MEDICINE

Posted by Cynthia Ryan

The Vestibular Disorders Association (VeDA) announces the annual VeDA Champion of Vestibular Medicine Award initiative to increase awareness of vestibular disorders that affect the inner ear and brain. 2017 award recipients include David Zee, MD, Richard Clendaniel, PhD, and Jeffrey Staab, MD, MS.

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