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Dr. Matthew Rider, Siskin Spine and Rehab Specialists

Q: I suffer from vertigo and a friend said that vestibular rehabilitation therapy could help me. Can you tell me what VRT is and how it helps?

A: Vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT) is an exercise-based program designed to help those who suffer from dizziness, vertigo, inner ear dysfunction, poor balance and even migraines. Your physician must give you clearance for VRT, then you will meet with a physical therapist with specialized training in VRT. The therapist will design a specific program for you. It may include vision stabilization, neck exercises, postural education and balance retraining. Your treatment may range from one session to several months, depending on the severity of your condition. Many patients report that their symptoms fully resolve after completing VRT. Some also see the extra benefit of improved balance, decreased fall risk and a general increased quality of life.

— Dr. Matthew Rider, Siskin Spine and Rehab Specialists; member, Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society

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