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Dizziness & Vestibular Rehabilitation – Compare the pair

25th October, 2017

Dizziness & Vestibular Rehabilitation

Compare the pair

Dizziness & Vestibular Rehabilitation

Compare the pair

Graham suffered a sudden onset, severe episode of dizziness, nausea and vomiting. Graham was taken to hospital, and underwent a variety of tests which revealed that the cause of these symptoms was likely to be a ‘peripheral vestibular disturbance, likely caused by a virus’. Graham was advised to seek vestibular rehabilitation if symptoms continued. This was a very traumatic experience for Graham and his family, and while there was some relief the cause of this event was not life threatening, the prospect of ongoing feelings of dizziness and anxiety was still very frightening.

Julie suffered a sudden onset, severe episode of dizziness, nausea and vomiting. Julie was taken to hospital, and underwent a variety of tests which revealed that the cause of these symptoms was likely to be a ‘peripheral vestibular disturbance, likely caused by a virus’. Julie was advised to seek vestibular rehabilitation if symptoms continued. This was a very traumatic experience for Julie and her family, and while there was some relief the cause of this event was not life threatening, the prospect of ongoing feelings of dizziness and anxiety was still very frightening.

Graham is 58 years old, married with a very supportive wife, 2 adult children, with one of his sons, Greg, living in Melbourne. His daughter lives close by and often visits with their gorgeous 6-month old granddaughter, Tilly. Graham works full-time in finance, where he sits or stands at his desk, with 3 computer monitors, checking emails, spreadsheets, graphs and reads financial reports. Graham has many clients that trust and rely on him with their finances. Graham loves his family and his job. The symptoms of dizziness and imbalance have thrown Graham’s confidence and he remains very frightened about how these are impacting on his life. Questions and doubts remain – ‘Will I be able to bend down and pick up baby Tilly? Will I be able to drive to Melbourne to visit my son? Will I be able to focus and function at work without feeling so awful?’

 

Julie is 34, married with 3 children under the age of 8. Julie is a paediatric nurse in neonatal care, but is currently on maternity leave. Julie is planning to return to work as soon as possible as her husband has recently become unemployed, and life is becoming very stressful. Julie is very busy looking after her young family, and has little to no family support as they all live overseas. Julie still has symptoms, and feels very ‘weird’ most of the day, and has trouble with all head movements, which can then bring on severe nausea. Thankfully her husband has been able to look after the kids, but he has several job interviews coming up, and Julie is very concerned about her ability to cope home alone so soon. Julie is also very worried about her ability work again in the neonatal unit while she feels so unwell.

 

At Advanced Neuro Rehab (ANR), we have extensive experience and knowledge in vestibular rehabilitation. Our staff have additional post-graduate qualifications in this field and we have worked hard to become leaders in this specialist area of vestibular rehabilitation. Our assessment confirms that Graham and Julie are likely to have the same condition – Vestibular Neuronitis.

However, the rehabilitation plan and direction for Graham and Julie will be quite different, because both have very different personal circumstances. Both have different worries and concerns, goals, support networks, time availability for home exercises and different physical, sensory, visual, and cognitive requirements for home and work activities.

At ANR we PRIDE ourselves on the ability to listen and support our patients using an individualised approach. Our aim is to use the best clinical and scientific evidence and apply it to the PERSON! Counselling, education, treatment, and home exercises need to be tailored to the individual. We can adapt our approach to help people like Graham and Julie recover as quickly as possible, maximise their levels of independence and confidence to return to what is most important to them!

Advanced Neuro Rehab

Neurophysiotherapy.com.au

 

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