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Pediatric Vestibular Rehabilitation: A Case Study

Published on: July 13, 2020

Alves & Silva (Pediatric Physical Therapy 31, E14–E19 (2019)) published the case of a 9-year-old girl who arrived at vestibular rehabilitation (VR) with motion sensitivity, frequent headaches, dizziness, and nausea. Despite a rigorous testing battery, the underlying cause of her vestibular symptoms remained unclear. She partook in ten sessions of VR, almost half of which included virtual reality video games. After the intervention, she reported fewer headaches, less motion sensitivity during travel, and even an easier time playing on the playground. While the researchers report several barriers to engaging children and their parents in a demanding VR regimen, their report demonstrates the efficacy of a life-altering VR intervention for a pediatric patient.

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