AMPT Dizziness and Balance Center

Dizziness is one of the most common presenting symptoms to primary care physicians. Although the symptom of dizziness could be the result of multiple systems being affected, when dizziness is attributed to degeneration or dysfunction of the vestibular system, physical therapy can help. The Dizziness and Balance Center offers a comprehensive rehabilitation program for patients who suffer from dizziness, vertigo, or balance problems. Common diagnoses treated include (but not limited to):

  • Benign positional paroxysmal vertigo (BPPV)
  • Acoustic Neuroma (pre/post resection)
  • Dysequilibrium (Imbalance due to aging, pharmacological interventions, injury)
  • Stroke to the AICA or PICA
  • Anxiety Related Dizziness
  • Bilateral vestibular Loss
  • Labyrinthitis
  • Mal de Embarquement
  • Meniere’s Disease
  • Vestibular Migraine
  • Space and Motion Sensitivity
  • Vestibular Neuritis

If you have a diagnosis not listed, please contact us. Also, if you experience symptoms of dizziness, vertigo, or have difficulty with imbalance, we can evaluate you to assess the best plan of care necessary to improve your functioning.

We believe our program is superior to any you will find in Houston for several reasons.

First, we have state of the art current technologies which will assist us in the assessment and treatment of vestibular dysfunction such as (1) NeuroCom Balance Manager System: VSR Sport and (2) Micromedical Technologies Real Eyes xDVR. Additionally, we have various balance and exercise equipment designed to improve patient’s functioning.

Second, the therapists at AMPT have rich and vast experience in this field of practice, which includes over 15 years of clinical practice including program development at other rehabilitation facilities and certification of competency through the Susan Herdman vestibular rehabilitation competency based course.

Third, AMPT is not only dedicated to the continuing education of our patients through clinical practice, but also other physical therapists and medical professionals. The therapists here are faculty at a major university and contribute to teaching others at the local, state, and even national level. The most recent course was taught at the Texas Physical Therapy Association Annual Conference by Jeremy and Michael, titled “Update on the Assessment and Management of Vestibular Dysfunction”. Michael continues to serve the American Physical Therapy Association on an advanced vestibular rehabilitation panel, providing education nationally.

Fourth, AMPT is involved in independent and collaborative research in the area of vestibular rehabilitation and concussion management. Contact us for more information about ongoing and current research that you could be involved in. We have presented our findings across the United States on our various studies. The following are titles of our posters and/or platforms presented.

Comparison of Pre-Season and Post Season Postural Control Performance in High School Student Athletes Who Report an In-Season Concussion or Concussion Symptoms. Furtado M, McGaugh J, Wild D, Bourgeois J, Scott T.

Comparison of Self-Reported Within Season Concussion versus Concussion Symptom History in High School Student Athletes. Furtado M, McGaugh J, Bourgeois J, Scott T.

A Comparison of the Effects of a Cognitive Task on Postural Control in Recreational and Collegiate Athletes. Bourgeois J, Furtado M, McGaugh J, Scott T, Galloway R.

Physical Performance of Single-Task and Dual-Task Postural Control Measures in Subjects With and Without History of Concussion. Furtado M, McGaugh J, Wild D, Bourgeois J, Scott T, Davenport C.

The Effects of Anaerobic Exercise on a Dual Task Paradigm. Scott T, Furtado M, McGaugh J, Bourgeois J.

We work with many audiologists, ear, nose, throat physicians, and neuropsychologists who can assist in the comprehensive management of your condition. We strive to be the best provider of vestibular rehabilitation in the state!

The American Physical Therapy Association has published patient education fact sheets on the diagnoses mentioned above. Feel free to access these at: http://www.neuropt.org/special-interest-groups/vestibular-rehabilitation/patient-education-fact-sheets

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