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Vestibular Program

The Vestibular Program at the Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital Outpatient Therapy Center specializes in evaluating, and treating patients with vestibular and/or balance disorders. Individualized treatment plans are devised with the goal of improving balance, and functional independence.

Vestibular Program Services

Our specially trained physical therapists work with patients on an individual basis to increase knowledge, safety, and ultimately, independence.

Services Include

  • Evaluation
  • Functional assessment
  • Therapy
  • Customized exercise programs
  • Patient and family education
  • Peripheral vestibular disorders including:
  • Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
  • Unilateral or bilateral peripheral vestibular hypo- or hyper-function
  • Status post acoustic neuroma excision
  • Central vestibular disorders following stroke or brain injury
  • Balance problems not related to vestibular dysfunction

Vestibular Program Services Explained

To be seen, a patient must first have his or her condition evaluated by a physician who writes a prescription.

A physical therapist will perform a detailed patient assessment, which may include:

  • Visual vestibular tests
  • Proprioceptive testing
  • Survey of functional daily activities
  • Balance testing on varied surfaces
  • Positional sensitivity testing
  • Measurement of joint range
  • Measurement of strength
  • Tactile testing
  • Coordination testing

Functional assessment
We assess each patient's level of independence and safety in the home, work, and community environments.

Customized exercise programs
We design a customized exercise program to meet each patient’s needs. These programs often include aerobic activities, balance exercises, and visual vestibular exercises, as well as habituation exercises. As the patient improves, the exercise program progressively becomes more challenging.

Patient and family education
We consider family involvement to be a key component of our program. We educate both the patient and the family on any potential safety concerns. We  help the patient and family understand his or her diagnoses and symptoms, as well as projected recovery.

Contact the Vestibular Program

For more information or to make a referral, please contact Mary Free Bed's Vestibular Program at:

616.493.9621 or 800.668.6001



350 Lafayette SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-4651 | Map

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