ASSESSING THE EFFICACY OF VESTIBULAR REHABILITATION IN THE TREATMENT OF VERTIGO

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Dr. Pinky
Tahira Channa
Dr. Shamshad Zahra
Dr. Samar Anwar Memon
Dr. Ghazala Langah
Dr. Komal Ramnani
Dr. Sumreen Mujahid

Keywords

Exercises, rehabilitation, postural balance, quality of life, vestibular disorders

Abstract

Introduction: Vertigo Symptoms associated with vertigo gradually decrease with vestibular rehabilitation.


Objective: To assess the efficacy of vestibular rehabilitation in the treatment of vertigo.


Material and Methods: A total of 32 patients, aged 40–60. Out of which 21 were females and 11 were males, who had been hospitalized for chronic vertigo. The patients were randomized into two groups. Six weeks were allotted for the study's execution. Patients in Group I received individualized group vestibular rehabilitation in an outpatient environment almost weekly for one and a half hours under the supervision of a physiotherapist. On the contrary Group II was directed to complete basic balancing exercises twice a week for approximately 15 minutes.


Results: For group I, the Dynamic Gait Index results showed a statistically significant improvement. Quality of life and dizziness intensity improved after the intervention. Through functional testing, a postural balance improvement was noted.


Conclusion: A customized, supervised outpatient rehabilitation program, exceeded the outcome as compared to home-based, balance exercises. Intervention improves postural balance and quality of life. Nevertheless, pharmaceutical treatment is not linked to this improvement.

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