Neurology/Vestibular

Newton-Wellesley Hospital's neurologic physical therapists specialize in the evaluation and treatment of individuals with movement problems due to disease or injury of the nervous system. We provide rehabilitation for adults who have experienced a recent decline in function due to a neurological or medical condition, as well as specialized care for individuals with dizziness or imbalance due to inner ear (vestibular) dysfunction.

Examples of some of the types of conditions that we can help manage include:

  • Brain injury that results from trauma, tumors or stroke
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Polyneuropathies and peripheral neuropathy
  • Vestibular disorders such as Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), Acoustic Neuroma, or other conditions that cause dizziness and loss of balance

After an initial evaluation, which includes an interview with the patient/family to gain an understanding of the most important goals for rehabilitation, an individualized plan of care is established for each person. The focus of rehabilitation is on optimizing mobility, balance and function, and typically includes patient instruction in home exercises to optimize long term carryover of gains made during physical therapy.

Therapists incorporate the latest evidence regarding exercise and neurorehabilitation into the plan of care to maximize outcomes for each person. Our state-of-the-art facility includes access to recent technological advances such as body weight-supported treadmill training (LiteGait), functional electrical stimulation during walking (WalkAide), and enhanced diagnosis and treatment of BPPV (Frenzel lenses).

To schedule an initial appointment for your outpatient rehabilitation therapy needs, please contact the Rehabilitation Services Department at 617-243-6172.

Helpful Links
American Physical Therapy Association
Vestibular Disorders Association
What is BPPV?
Why See a PT for Dizziness?

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