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Inner Ear Trauma Physiotherapy

Your inner ear is vital to help you stand upright or walking balanced. Unfortunately, sometimes when the head is injured in an accident or a fall, the inner ears are injured as well, causing balance problems to arise.

What Is Inner Ear Trauma?

Trauma—such as

  • accidentally hitting your head in a fall
  • injuring your neck in a sports injury or car accident

—can damage the structures of your inner ear.

You see, our inner ear contains the “peripheral vestibular system, which plays a big role in keeping your balance, and it is this same inner ears that tell the brain how the body is moving in relation to gravity.

Our inner ears also communicate information about head motion, which is used to coordinate eye motion.

Signs and Symptoms

When the inner ears are injured, you may have:

  • Vertigo (you feel like the room is spinning)
  • Dizziness (you feel lightheaded)
  • Unsteadiness
  • Unclear vision
  • Neck pain

Symptoms vary from person to person and usually depend on the type and extent of injury.

Because of the unpleasant symptoms, you might begin to hold back or cut back your level of activity, and you might even stop participating in your roles at home and at work.

The thing is, cutting back and restricting your activities because of these symptoms will actually slow your recovery from an inner ear injury instead.

how our senior physiotherapists can help

First, we will perform tests to determine the causes of your symptoms and also to assess your risk of falling. Depending on the results of the tests, we may recommend further testing or consultation with your doctor.

Based on your our senior physiotherapist's evaluation and your goals for recovery, we will customize a physiotherapy treatment plan for you, which will depend on the cause of your symptoms.

Our main focus is to help you get moving again and manage the symptoms at the same time. Treatment may include specialized exercises to:

  • Decrease or eliminate dizziness
  • Improve balance
  • Restore clear vision when the head is moving

If you also have neck stiffness or neck pain, we will prescribe exercises and treatments such as manual therapy to help reduce the pain and stretch your muscles. In addition, we might prescribe exercises to improve your strength, your flexibility, and your heart health—with the goal of improving your overall physical health and well-being.

Inner ear trauma recovery takes patience and time, sometimes months; so it's very important that you get back to your normal activities as soon as possible.

Don't cut back or avoid any tasks or activities because of your fear, yes you can/may be more cautious but do not avoid activities - avoiding movements and activities that make you dizzy may only complicate your recovery from inner ear problems caused by trauma.

We will teach you strategies to help you cope with your symptoms

  • Do certain activities or chores around the house cause you to become dizzy? We will show you how to do those activities in a different way to help reduce the dizziness.
  • Have simple activities become difficult and cause fatigue and more dizziness? We will help you work through these symptoms right away so you can get moving again and return to your roles at home and at work more quickly.