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252-338-2114

Main Office: 101 Medical Drive
Elizabeth City, North Carolina

5567 N. Croatan Hwy. Kitty Hawk, NC 27949 503 Cypress Ln. Manteo, NC 27954 101 Medical Drive, Elizabeth City, NC 27909 532-C Caratoke Highway, Moyock, NC 27958 115 Loftin Lane, Ahoskie, NC 27910



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Vestibular Rehab (VRT)

Vestibular rehabilitation (VRT) is an exercise-based program for reducing the symptoms of disequilibrium and dizziness associated with vestibular disease or disorder. VRT is a form of treatment involving specific exercises that can eliminate or significantly reduce symptoms by promoting central nervous system compensation or inner-ear deficits. VRT can help with a variety of vestibular problems, including benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) and the unilateral or bilateral vestibular hypofunction (reduced inner ear function on one or both sides) associated with Meniere’s disease, labyrinthitis, and vestibular neuritis. Even individuals with long-term unresolved inner ear disorders who have undergone a period of medical management with little or no success may benefit. VRT can also help people with an acute or abrupt loss of function following surgery for vestibular problems.

Vestibular disorders often cause problems with balance and position or movement related dizziness; these are considered primary symptoms of vestibular malfunction. Secondary symptoms often accompany the primary symptoms and may include decreased strength, loss of range of motion, increased tension, muscle fatigue, and headaches. Both primary and secondary symptoms can affect an individual’s ability to change position or move without imbalance and vertigo. Dizziness is a symptom associated with vestibular disorders and can have a debilitating effect on one’s life, decreasing quality of life, reducing employability, and complicating many or all aspects of life. Vestibular rehabilitation is a highly specialized form of therapy which is designed to alleviate primary and secondary symptoms resulting from vestibular disorders.

At CRI, our therapists will evaluate you to determine the cause and severity of your symptoms. A thorough evaluation may include: a medical history questionnaire, eye movement and vision assessment, vertigo assessment, movement and positioning assessment, balance and gait assessment, musculoskeletal assessment and functional abilities assessment and assessment of compensatory strategies. Using the evaluation results, your therapist will design an individualized treatment plan to address your symptoms and optimize your functional abilities and quality of life. Treatments may include specialized techniques such as canalith repositioning procedure or Epley maneuver as well as habituation exercises, strengthening, flexibility, exercises and balance training incorporating vestibular function to optimize vestibular function and balance. Treatments and exercises vary depending on the type of inner-ear disorder and the associated symptoms. It is important to de-condition any compensatory strategies you may have developed while dealing with primary and secondary symptoms of vestibular dysfunction. Compensatory strategies often develop naturally as you learn to function and “deal with” or avoid your symptoms; initially compensations help you to handle your symptoms. Unfortunately, in the long run, compensations may lead to further complications and decrease your ability to adjust to your vestibular problem and ultimately worsen your symptoms. Your individual program will be designed to ensure you restore normal movement patterns and no longer need your compensatory strategies.  At CRI we progress your vestibular rehabilitation to include balance and typical functional activities to ensure maximum safety while returning to function. The overall goals of vestibular rehabilitation include decreasing dizziness and visual symptoms, improving balance and walking, and improving general activity levels to improve your quality of life.


 


 




   What Our Patients Say

I Think the therapy was exceptional – everyone is very considerate and caring, and most importantly, knowledgeable.

Joyce S.  
  
   What Our Patients Say

The warm and friendly atmosphere at CRI made me so comfortable throughout my rehab. The therapists were so attentive during each session! Each new exercise is encouraging! I would highly recommend this facility highly to anyone who needs therapy!

Steve O  
  
   What Our Patients Say

Thanks for doing a excellent job! I’m walking without assistance – what a relief! Thanks!! Thanks!! Without your help, I wouldn’t be where I am today in using my ankle!

Janice D  
  
   What Our Patients Say

I had a great experience at CRI! My therapist honed right in on my problem and educated me about what I needed to do to get better and get back to completing in races!

Joel B  
  
   What Our Patients Say

The PTs and PTAs are excellent & very professional. I have been to other PTs and this one is far superior. I’m very satisfied with my overall experience & results. The only way I know to improve is to add a Chinese Buffet in the waiting room.

Michael P  
  
   What Our Patients Say

My therapist was a true professional throughout my entire rehab process! The entire staff was so dedicated to ensure my speedy recovery. My therapist went above and beyond all of my expectations and treated my recovery as if it were his own.

John L  
  
   What Our Patients Say

Thank you so much for the help with my sprained ankle! The staff at CRI was very knowledgeable, caring, and efficient. The therapy I received at CRI made a vast difference in my ability to walk normally. I am now able to walk and go up and down the stairs without pain!

Shelly D  
  
   What Our Patients Say

The whole office and PT team was fantastic! I always felt like I was the only patient! The one on one was wonderful!

Debra R  
  
   What Our Patients Say

The staff was helpful, friendly, and professional at all times! CRI has a staff to be proud of; they all perform their job well!

Elizabeth C  
  
   What Our Patients Say

My therapist was very personable and professional. He was easy to trust and it was easy to listen to his advice. I am extremely pleased with my results!

Gary G  
  
   What Our Patients Say

The facility has very good equipment and the equipment is in excellent condition. Everyone is very friendly and helpful. The therapists are all excellent and very attentive.  I was very satisfied. We are very fortunate to have such a nice rehab center!

Barbara B  
  
   What Our Patients Say

The staff is caring, courteous and always willing to make the effort to ensure you understand the purpose behind every exercise. My condition has improved tremendously. Thank you!

Amy A.  
  
   What Our Patients Say

My therapist was very sweet and friendly with everyone who came through the door. The level of care I received from her far exceeded my expectations of physical therapy!

Kelly N  
  
   What Our Patients Say

My back pain is completely gone! I had a wonderful experience with the staff at CRI! My therapist was so informative about my condition and took the time to make sure I understood what was happening with my body and how each treatment was working to help my recovery!

JoAnn M  
  
   What Our Patients Say

My therapist was very informative; he took the time to explain about why procedures were set to enhance, as quickly as possible, my recovery. The entire staff was great; it was a confortable place to go for therapy due to the staff’s mannerisms and the fact that anyone of them could and did participate as needed with my regimen.

Debra F  
  
   What Our Patients Say

Each staff member was outstanding. The program my therapist provided was spot on and each assistant followed wonderfully. I can’t thank CRI enough!

Mary H  
  
   What Our Patients Say

I am very pleased and thankful to have been with caring, kind, gentle, efficient and helpful therapists. I wish I could be under their care indefinitely.

Caroline W.  
  
   What Our Patients Say

My therapist’s patience and positive attitude helped me immensely throughout my rehab! The post-op process can be difficult and frustrating. The entire staff at CRI was encouraging and supportive! Despite setbacks, I was able to reach my goals thanks to the knowledge and skill of my therapist. The expertise she demonstrated with my rehab program made me feel comfortable in her capable hands. I was able to put complete confidence in her to help with my recovery!  Thank you all for the wonderful service you offer this community.

Bill B  
  
   What Our Patients Say

I was very pleased with EVERYONE that worked with me, and I never had to sit and wait to be called back – even when I was early! I never felt rushed and never patronized or “babied”.

Wendy C.  
  
   What Our Patients Say

PT at CRI provided me with the best results! I have tried chiropractic, pills, injections etc. My therapist was able to specify the problem and provide me with a logical plan to reduce my pain and help me to avoid surgery. I was scared that I would never feel normal again! After completing my rehab, I have not had any stiffness or tightness in my back! I have gained so much strength and feel better than I have in years! The progress I have achieved has made me so motivated to keep up with my stretching exercises so I can always feel this great!

Peggy C  
  
   What Our Patients Say

Everyone was a very friendly, caring, and knew what they were doing. I would always come back!

Ursula K  
  
   What Our Patients Say

All of the therapists were great; they got me back on track after so much suffering!

Sandra E  
  


CRI Elizabeth City
101 Medical Drive
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
Phone: 252-338-2114
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CRI Ahoskie
115 Loftin Lane
Ahoskie, NC 27910
Phone: 252-209-0901
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CRI Edenton
701 Luke Street, Suite B
Edenton, NC 27932
Phone: 252-482-7939
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CRI Kitty Hawk
5567 N. Croatan Hwy.
Kitty Hawk, NC 27949
Phone: 252-261-1556
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CRI Manteo
503 Cypress Ln.
Manteo, NC 27954
Phone: 252-473-9633
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CRI Moyock
532-C Caratoke Highway
Moyock, NC 27958
Phone: 252-435-6046
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