Palmer Lutheran Health Center provides occupational therapy to patients of all ages. Some of the services offered treat hand and upper extremity injuries, orthopedic and chronic pain (including headaches), stroke, lymphedema, pediatric (fine motor, writing and learning skills). To maximize each person's independence, we assist in adapting tasks and the environment to meet the patient's needs, train in the use of adaptive equipment to replace lost function, and individualize treatment programs. Please all 563-422-9729 to learn more about our services.
Tip of the Month: Vertigo
Vertigo (dizziness) is the 3rd ranked most common reason individuals over 65 seek medical treatment.
Some symptoms of vertigo are dizziness,fatigue, room spins, anxiety, nausea, and imbalance leading to a decrease in daily activities.
Most common types of vertigo include Benign Parioximal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) described as room spinning and positive nystagmus; and Motion Sensitivity, described as feeling dizzy or light headed and negative for nystagmus.
Treatment includes differentiating between peripheral origin, central origin and/or non- vestibular origin through an Oculomotor exam.
• BPPV is corrected through canolith repositioning determined by directional beat of nystagmus
• Motions Sensitive is corrected by increase in speed and rep’s of motion that produces the sx.
Once dizziness symptoms are resolved we can advance your patients to Vestibular Ocular Reflex activities both static and dynamic. If you have a patient experiencing any dizziness symptoms please contact the Rehab Services Department at 563.422.9729.