At Physiomobility, we treat dizziness, vertigo and conditions affecting balance. .We are located in CF Shops at Don Mills. We can help you to eliminate or minimize dizziness & imbalance and get back to a better life. We use research based treatments and modern technology in a clinic space dedicated to vestibular rehabilitation by highly trained physiotherapists.
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Our highly trained vestibular physiotherapists provide a range of treatments for vestibular conditions including Epley & other canal repositioning maneuvers. Our physiotherapists & trained kinesiologists provide vestibular rehabilitation for chronic dizziness and concussion. Physiomobility’s vision includes assisting our clients through treatment/rehabilitation and preventing re-occurrence.
Inner ear disorders are the cause of 80-85% of dizziness complaints. Inner ear disorders can be caused by whiplash, blows to the head, viral infections, high doses of certain antibiotics, strokes or degeneration of the inner ear’s balance function, also known as the vestibular system, which often deteriorates with age. Vestibular neuritis (typically viral infection of the vestibular nerve) & Meniere’s disease are also common cause of dizziness.
BPPV or vertigo is a false sensation of movement caused by head or body movement. It feels like you or the objects around you are spinning or moving. It is important to understand that vertigo or dizziness is not a disorder or disease in itself. Instead, it is a symptom of an underlying condition.
Vestibular Neuritis is an inflammatory and often viral or bacterial infection of the vestibular nerve which causes acute & sudden onset of vertigo and dizziness in a previously well, young or middle-aged individual. While many patients completely recover after a few days or weeks, others may develop chronic dizziness. Vestibular Neuritis typically is not accompanied by hearing loss or tinnitus (noise or ringing in the ear).
During the acute phase, treatment typically include medication. If the condition is persistent and patient develops chronic dizziness, vestibular rehabilitation and physiotherapy is an effective treatment option.
Vestibular Labyrinthitis is an inflammatory and often viral & sometimes bacterial infection which causes acute & sudden onset of dizziness & loss of balance. Sometimes, it happens at the same time as a respiratory infection such as flu. Other symptoms could include blurry vision and nausea. Labyrinthitis can can last for days or weeks. It can be accompanied by hearing loss or tinnitus (noise or ringing in the ear). Treatment is typically medical intervention but vestibular rehabilitation can help with dizziness & balance issues if they are persistent.
Vestibular physiotherapy is an effective treatment for BPPV (Vertigo) as well as other dizziness and balance disorders related to the vestibular (inner ear) system. Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT) by Physiomobility is a science-based treatment program offered by our trained physiotherapists for dizziness & balance disorders originating from inner ear dysfunction, injuries such as concussion or neurological conditions such as stroke.
A trained physiotherapist is one of the best medical practitioners to treat BPPV. After a comprehensive assessment, in acute vertigo (BPPV) caused by displaced particles in inner ear, a vestibular physiotherapist employs appropriate re-positioning manoeuvers to reset the displaced crystal particles back in the vestibular canal. In many cases, this is enough treatment. A vestibular physiotherapist complements the repositioning maneuver treatment with exercises to encourage head movement and provides education to minimize the fear of movement and subsequent BPPV attacks. Although very frightening, but vertigo does not usually signify any serious disease.
The best treatment option for BPPV is a maneuver specific to the involved canal in the inner ear. However, head mobility and gaze stabilization exercises are widely prescribed by vestibular physiotherapists after the acute stage of BPPV (Vertigo) is managed by the passive treatments. Each patient is unique so our physiotherapists tailor the exercise to each patient’s specific condition. Our team has developed a full library of exercises for BPPV as a reference for our clients. Take a look and speak to your physiotherapist before trying any of the exercises.
Concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury that occurs after a direct or indirect impact injury to the head such as whiplash, a fall or sports injuries. Most of concussion injuries cause mild symptoms such as headache, blurred vision, or sensitivity to light and noise. Symptoms usually recover within a few weeks. If symptoms persist, or vestibular symptoms such as dizziness develop, an assessment is warranted.
Nearly 25% of people older than 65-year-old fall at least once a year and more than half of them do not report this to their family and doctor. Once you have a fall due to loss of balance, your chances of falling again doubles. As one ages, the fear of falling deters them from partaking in various activities, especially if they have fallen before and received a serious injury. People who have experienced vertigo or suffer from chronic dizziness have higher change of falling.
In our dizziness clinic, our physiotherapy & kinesiology team provides cost effective exercise programs in a small group or one-on-one sessions for recurrent or chronic dizziness as well as conditions such as vestibular hypofunction (vestibular system weakness). These programs are exercise sessions focused on head/body movement as well as balance retraining. The sessions are provided in the clinic or virtually and include guidance for home exercise program, education for the caregivers and help our clients to be more mobile & gradually return to daily activities without fear of falling. This program has been proven to improve our clients’ confidence level and minimize their anxiety & fear significantly which ultimately prevents falls and fractures.
We do not need a referral from a doctor for assessment and treatment of vertigo or dizziness. However, we encourage our patients to visit their primary care provider to rule out more serious causes for dizziness. After an assessment, we may refer you back to your physician for more testing or a referral to a specialist if needed or if your progress is not as expected. Your family physician is an important member of your care team. With your permission, we will communicate your plan of care and your progress with your doctor.
Most extended health insurance plans cover the cost of the services at Physiomobility. If your plan qualifies for direct billing, we will happily submit the claims on your behalf. You will only be responsible for the unpaid balance.
Registered Physiotherapy, Registered Massage Therapy, Chiropractic care, Acupuncture & other services at Physiomobility are generally covered by most extended health insurance policies. We recommend that you call your insurance provider to determine the extent of your coverage.
Physiomobility is an approved provider for direct billing for a growing list of insurance providers. Great-West-Life, Sunlife, Manulife, Desjardins, Johnson are just to name a few. We can assist you to inquire and see if your insurance plan approves direct online billing for you.
Like any treatment at a clinic, most insurance carriers cover treatments provided by physiotherapists at home or online video physiotherapy . However, you should always call your insurance company and verify what your individual policy covers.
Vestibular physiotherapy is not covered by OHIP. We offer rehabilitation programs for knee & hip arthritis and after total joint replacements that may be covered through publicly funded system. Call our office for more information.
If you are being treated for injuries sustained in a car accident or a work-related injury and your claim has been approved we do not require payment directly from you. After your initial assessment, we will submit the appropriate proposed treatment plan to your insurance company and upon approval of the plan, we can bill your insurance company or WSIB directly.
Rehabilitation programs after knee, hip and shoulder replacement are covered by OHIP in our clinic. Call our office for more information.
Dizziness & vertigo can be very violent. Our preference is to treat our patients in the clinic, however we may be able to accommodate some patients in their residence.
Vestibular exercise program for dizziness and concussion can be virtually. The patient can participate in the treatment or patient’s caregiver can be instructed to assist the patient with their exercises and positioning.
WE ARE OPEN
AS ESSENTIAL HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS, WE REMAIN OPEN FOR IN-CLINIC TREATMENTS DURING THE PROVINCE WIDE EMERGENCY BREAK ANNOUNCED ON APRIL 01, 2021
Physiomobility continues to remain open and is not part of the lockdown. We continue to have rigorous disinfection policies and procedures in place to ensure the safety of our community and are open for patient in-person visits with all of our practitioners.
Virtual appointments are available and encouraged for those who are at a heightened risk of illness.
We remain focused on our quality of care & our continued commitment to helping our patients feel their best. For further assistance, you can contact us at 416-444-4800 during our opening hours.
The Physiomobility Team