Por: Mary Beth Badke, James A. Miedaner, Terry A. Shea, Colin R. Grove, G. Mark Pyle, Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol 2005:48-54


This retrospective study was undertaken to assess balance recovery and dizziness handicap in 32 patients after a vestibular and balance rehabilitation program. Outcomes were compared between 12 patients with peripheral vestibular disorders and 20 patients with central or mixed balance disorders. The patients were tested with posturography (sensory organization test [SOT]) and the Dizziness Handicap Inventory (DHI) before and after their therapy program. The vestibular SOT, composite SOT, and functional DHI scores obtained before and after exercise were significantly improved in both the peripheral and central groups. The visual SOT mean scores obtained before and after therapy were significantly different only for the group with central or mixed vestibular disorders. Changes in SOT scores were not directly correlated with changes in DHI scores. Outcome measures of vestibular rehabilitation protocols confirmed objective and subjective improvement of balance and dizziness handicap in patients with peripheral and central vestibular disorders.