Vestibular Rehabilitation
and Concussion Therapy

Burlington Dizziness Clinic. Experts in the treatment of
concussion, vertigo and other dizziness disorders.

Vestibular Rehabilitation
and Concussion Therapy

Burlington Dizziness Clinic.
Experts in the treatment of
concussion, vertigo and
other dizziness disorders.

Welcome to the Cornerstone Dizziness Clinic in Burlington.
We have certified vestibular physiotherapists experienced in the treatment of vertigo, bppv, post-concussion syndrome and many other disorders.

WHY CORNERSTONE DIZZINESS CLINIC?

  • Certified vestibular physiotherapists with extensive post-graduate training in vestibular rehabilitation.
  • We have helped thousands of patients recover from dizziness disorders since 2008
  • Trusted providers to our local medical community and the clinic of choice to local hospitals, physicians and E.N.T. specialists.
  • Gold standard in assessment and treatment techniques, utilizing infrared goggle technology to measure eye nystagmus
  • Covered by extended health insurance under physiotherapy

Dizziness disorders are extremely common but can also be one of the most debilitating types of impairments you may experience. In some patients it can present as a minor complaint but with many others, it can severely limit movement, physical activities, and the ability to work or interact with your family. It often triggers overwhelming anxiety and depression and leave you feeling as if your life has permanently changed.

We can help.

Dizziness is a complex symptom, difficult to diagnose by many health professionals. Patients have often been given medication that is ineffective and sent for MRI and CT scans that are negative. They are commonly referred to specialists who have not offered advice that has made a difference. At Cornerstone, we understand vestibular disorders (which account for the majority of dizziness diagnoses). We are highly specialized in assessing and treating these specific conditions and are sympathetic to how much these conditions can affect the lives of our patients.

COMMON DISORDERS WE TREAT:

  • Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
  • Post Concussion Syndrome
  • Vestibular Neuritis and Labyrinthitis
  • Persistent Postural Perceptual Dizziness (PPPD)
  • Vestibular hypofunction
  • Meniere’s Disease (Endolymphatic Hydrops)
  • Vestibular Migraine (Migraine Associated Vertigo)
  • Cervicogenic Dizziness (neck-related vertigo)
  • Mal de Debarquement (MdDS)
  • Superior Semicircular Canal Dehiscence
  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • And many other dizziness and balance disorders

WHAT TO EXPECT AT OUR CLINIC


Before Your Assessment

There will be a few forms to complete to help us get a more complete picture of your specific condition. These will be emailed to you prior to your appointment. We ask that you complete these before you arrive or you may arrive early to complete these in our clinic. To help us stay on time, please arrive 10-15 min before your scheduled appointment time.

If you have any relevant test results or medical notes, please bring these with you.

Your Assessment

Your assessment will begin with a thorough history of your problem. We will review its onset, how it has changed, and your current condition. We will review any other tests or specialist reports.

We will then conduct gentle manual neurological tests. This involves reflex testing and simple eye, head, arm or leg movements.

In the latter part of the assessment, you will be asked to wear googles (as shown in the photo). We will then assess your eye movements (nystagmus) while you are moving your head and/or body. This section will also involve lying in different positions on our treatment table. If you’ve had vestibular testing at a hospital or a centre prior to this, you may have had a VNG test that may appear similar to our goggle tests. Our testing is different. We look more at the qualitative way that your eyes are connected to specific head movement/positions. VNG testing typically involves following lights and looking at eye movement control. The infrared goggle testing we perform at Cornerstone significantly improves our ability to properly assess vestibular dysfunction versus a non-goggle assessment.

Treatment Techniques

Treatment for the majority of our Dizziness Clinic patients involves a combination of patient education, manual head and body re-positioning maneuvers, and a patient-specific exercise prescription. However your specific treatment depends very much on your diagnosis, and on your goals for recovery.

BPPV treatment (benign positional vertigo) is usually achieved through 1-3 sessions of treatment involving re-positioning manoeuvres, whereas other, more chronic vestibular disorders usually require a combination of patient education and specific home exercises to realign the mismatched signals between your inner ear organs and your brain. Concussion treatment is also heavily based on education and exercise prescription though the treatment plan is often more comprehensive.

Our Treatment Outcomes

Can your vertigo be cured? How quickly will you feel better from your concussion?

We are happy to be able to help the vast majority of our patients get better. However outcomes can vary significantly, based on the severity of your condition, if you have other related health problems, how compliant you are with your home physiotherapy program and several other factors. Your prognosis and the expectations around your recovery will be discussed at the first visit.

Complimentary Phone Consult

Are you unsure if vestibular physiotherapy can help?
Speak with a certified vestibular physiotherapist for a free 10 min phone consultation to answer any questions you may have.

Call us at: (647) 477-0814

Our fees

Vestibular Physiotherapy Assessment$160
Vestibular Physiotherapy Follow-up Visits$85

For the past decade the Cornerstone Dizziness Clinics have been proud members of VEDA (The Vestibular Disorders Association).
Our members are also registered with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario
and are affiliates with the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.

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We are proud to be recognized by patients and medical professionals throughout the Greater Toronto Area
as a clinic of choice for Vestibular Rehabilitation.