Vestibular/Balance Disorders


Vestibular and balance disorders are complex conditions that require a team to assess, understand and treat. At Penn Therapy & Fitness, we work to restore function and balance in patients one step at a time. Your physical therapist will design an individualized set of exercises and activities that address your unique needs, specifically targeting problems related to dizziness, vertigo or postural imbalance.

Penn Therapy & Fitness therapists can provide rehabilitation services to manage conditions related to vestibular and balance disorders including (but not limited to):

  • Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
  • Unilateral or bilateral peripheral vestibular loss
  • Ménière’s Disease
  • Vestibular Neuronitis/Labyrinthitis
  • Vestibular dysfunction due to CNS involvement
  • Migrainous Vertigo
  • Multifactorial disequilibrium and imbalance
  • Falls risk assessment and general balance dysfunction  
  • Head injury, mild TBI and concussion
  • Chronic subjective dizziness

Each patient receives a systematic, state-of-the-art assessment based on the most current research and best clinical practices within the Penn Medicine continuum of care. Our therapists use these assessment results to build a program tailored to your specific needs and goals.

Your Penn Therapy & Fitness therapist will work with you to develop a rehabilitation plan that’s right for you, including:

  • Exercises focused on improving balance
  • Symptom management patient education
  • Postural correction
  • Head and movement modification

Our vestibular rehabilitation team has received considerable training—including training and successful completion of the Competency-Based Vestibular Rehabilitation course directed by Susan Herdman, PT, PhD, FAPTA at Emory University. Our Penn Therapy & Fitness Vestibular team is represented in teaching, lectures and conferences in local, national and international forums.

Our outpatient vestibular and balance therapies are available at the following Penn Therapy & Fitness locations: