3 reasons why post-COVID-19 vestibular treatment may be necessary for you

Post-COVID- Vestibular Treatment

Even in a post-COVID-19 world, people can still experience lingering COVID-19 symptoms months after their initial infection. Research shows that up to one-third of infected people experience symptoms months later. Some of those symptoms include neurological and vestibular problems, like a loss of balance and dizziness. In fact, dizziness is said to be the most common neurological manifestation of COVID-19.

If you experience frequent bouts of dizziness and vertigo, post-COVID vestibular therapy treatment can help you manage your symptoms.

3 reasons post-COVID-19 vestibular treatment can help you

While dizziness can be a major symptom of COVID-19 from the onset, it can also linger long after your other symptoms have ended. Thankfully, there are ways to treat it. One study found that exercise therapy, coupled with medication, significantly improved post-COVID-19 dizziness. Vestibular therapy sessions can prove to be vital for your treatment because they give you access to the following:

  • In-depth evaluations — An initial vestibular therapy appointment involves a thorough evaluation. Your physical therapist will examine your medical history, experience with COVID-19, eye movement, balance, walking pattern and strength levels. These factors can help your therapist develop a vestibular treatment plan that targets your specific concerns and symptoms.
  • Balance exercises — Dizziness is often accompanied by a loss of balance. A lack of balance can affect how you perform simple tasks in your daily routine. Physical therapists can help increase your balance through exercises that help improve balance and gait. Your physical therapist can tailor your balance training to your body’s specific needs. Balance training may include walking in a straight line or lifting each leg up and down while standing.
  • Strength-training exercises — If your post-COVID-19 dizziness causes you to feel imbalanced, building muscle strength can help you feel more stable. Research shows that training your core and back can help your body maintain balance. Your physical therapist can use mobilization techniques to strengthen your weak muscles and align your hips and knees. Doing so can stabilize your body and limit your risk of falling during moments of vertigo.

Excel SPT offers exceptional post-COVID-19 vestibular treatment

Dizziness and a lack of balance can be extremely frustrating, especially when they are lingering symptoms of COVID-19. Dizziness can also significantly restrict your daily activities. That’s why our team of experts at Excel Sports & Physical Therapy offers both vestibular rehab and COVID-19 recovery programs so that you can get back on your feet. Contact our team today for more information or to schedule an initial appointment.