Vestibular neuritis or labyrinthitis is an inflammation of the inner ear or the nerve that supplies the inner ear. When this occurs, a person typically experiences significant room spinning dizziness, imbalance, nausea, vomiting, and difficulty tolerating changes to position. With labyrinthitis, hearing may also be affected. This is typically caused by a viral infection.
How can physical therapy help?
A physical therapist will perform a comprehensive evaluation to determine your limitations. Vestibular neuritis/labyrinthitis is typically treated by training important reflexes that control balance and equilibrium. Your physical therapist will guide you through exercises to strengthen these reflexes, as well as exercises to improve your balance and sensitivity to changes in position.