At Rhode Island Integrated Medicine, we use Cortical Integrative Therapy (CIT), a highly individualized treatment plan of external brain stimulation to successfully treat and often resolve difficult cases of vertigo and related vestibular disorders.
Vestibular disorders can cause vertigo, dizziness, imbalance, changes in hearing as well as nausea, fatigue, the inability to concentrate, and other symptoms. This type of disorder can profoundly affect a person's ability to lead a normal, productive life. Following lower-back pain, vertigo or dizziness is reported by patients to be the second most common medical problem. Symptoms are greatly varied. Vertigo and dizziness may involve the sensation of spinning, lightheadedness, floating or rocking, of being pulled in one direction or heavily weighted, and a condition called mal de debarquement (a sense of motion that persists following a cruise).
Causes of Vestibular Disorders
The causes of vestibular system disorders are varied—from viral and bacterial infections, allergies that adversely impact middle ear pressure, head trauma, exposure to harmful chemicals and drugs, tumors, migraines, aging, and cervical disc/neck pain to adjusting to hyperventilation, adjustment to eye glasses, dehydration, arteriosclerosis, peripheral neuropathy, as well as stress, tension, and fatigue.
Risk Assessment for Falling
According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), falls are the #1 cause of accident death for seniors. Using sophisticated diagnostic equipment, we are able to assess if you are at an increased risk of losing your balance and falling. We are also experienced in helping patients to substantially improve their gait and ability to walk without assistance.
The majority of our patients who are treated for vestibular disorders experienced significant reduction, or even a complete elimination of symptoms. Many have been able to return to gainful employment and the activities of an active lifestyle. And the gains that we achieve? They vary from patient and patient, but most gains are long lasting. From a patient's first appointment, we are often able to demonstrate the power of CIT by either reducing or temporarily eliminating symptoms. It should be noted that we achieve the best outcomes with patients who are taking no or low levels of pain medication.
Our treatment team for vertigo and other vestibular disorders is headed by Dr. Victor M. Pedro who is credentialed by the American Chiropractic Neurology Board as a certified Vestibular Rehabilitation Specialist (VRS).
If you or a loved one suffer from a properly diagnosed vestibular disorder and have not found adequate relief from conventional forms of treatment, there is an excellent chance that we will be able to permanently improve your quality of life. For more information, please contact us.