The Effect Of The Vestibular Rehabilitation In Vestibular Neuronitis� Recovery | 12411
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To evaluate quality of life and reveal the actual benefit of vestibular rehabilitation (VR) in patients with vestibular neuronitis.
Patients diagnosed with vestibular neuronitis. Group 1 included patients who started VR within first month of disease and group
2 comprised patients who began VR after more than a month from symptoms onset. Group 2 served as control group because they began
VR after group 1 had already finished one month of VR.
One month of VR.
Main Outcome Measures:
Quality of life was assessed before and after VR, using Dizziness Handicap Inventory (DHI), Activities-specific
Balance Confidence scale (ABC), disability scale and Visual Analog Scale (VAS).
The whole lot achieved improvements in all questionnaires (p < 0.05) after VR. When group 1 scores after one month of VR were
compared to control group results before VR, we found statistically significant differences in ABC, DHI-Physical and VAS (p < 0.05). After
one month of VR, 10 patients became symptom-free, while 9 patients still had bothering symptoms and continued VR. The latter category
scored significantly higher levels of intensity of symptoms on VAS during first examination (p <0.05).
VR improves quality of life after vestibular neuronitis, regardless the time of beginning. It increases self-confidence and
reduces intensity of symptoms during usual activities. Higher VAS scores at first evaluation may predict a longer VR period needed.
This study is partially supported by the Sectoral Operational Programme for Human Resources Development,
financed from the European Social Fund and by Romanian Government under the contracts number POSDRU/89/1.5/S/64109 and
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