Feeling strong and steady on your feet is something that many people take for granted. But when the world turns, standing up straight can be an overwhelming challenge.
This is something Brant Jones understands well.
Advance Rehabilitation’s physiotherapist on St. Simons Island has spent much of his career helping those who suffer from these symptoms, many of which are characterized by dizziness.
âOften all dizziness is called vertigo, but there can be different causes,â he said.
One of the most common is vestibular or inner ear imbalance. This, Jones says, can have various impacts on a person’s life. For some, it can be a mild condition, while others have debilitating symptoms that make even simple tasks almost impossible.
For others, it is particular movements that cause the disease.
âFor some patients, it’s positional vertigo, meaning that they have this sensation of rotation or rotation when they are in certain positions. It can be while lying down or turning around and can last 10, 20 or 30 seconds, âhe explained.
âIt can also light up when a patient leans or leans over a cabinet to pick up something from a shelf. So these are movements that most of us do on a daily basisâ¦ when the world starts to spin, so to speak, and you have no balance, it can make you feel very dangerous.
Patients who experience this type of vertigo are often, naturally, cautious in their movements. They restrict activities and try to avoid these episodes at all costs.
And Jones says it can really change a person’s life.
âSome people really have their lives limited,â he said. “They feel uncomfortable moving and it can keep them housebound.”
But, Jones wants those in pain to know that help is available. At Advance Rehabilitation, therapists assess the condition of each patient and develop an individualized treatment plan.
âWe talk to patients to understand any previous diagnosis, and then we do a full assessment. We determine if it is a type of vestibular or positional vertigo and once we know what it is, we can develop a treatment plan to correct the problem, âhe said.
It can go a long way in changing a person’s life. Jones has seen countless cases of patients coming back to life after years of detention.
âAnd once they learn how to deal with it, they are able to act if it comes back. It makes you feel good to know you’ve helped someone, âJones said.
“To have an impact on them and get them back to where they want to be in terms of their day-to-day activities, their social activities, their function or the things they love to doâ¦ go back to the golf course or play tennis – if you can help them do that and give them a better quality of life. It’s a good feeling.
But like all diseases, the sooner it is detected and treated, the better the changes in a full recovery.
“We really want to bring them in and give them the help they need as soon as possible,” he said.
This is an attitude shared by fellow therapists and Jones staff at both clinics, in Brunswick and on St. Simons Island. The team, as a whole, looks forward to working together and helping each other as they strive to achieve the common goal of ensuring that all patients are at their best.
âIt’s a very team-oriented atmosphere. Everyone is working together for this main goal – to serve our patients, âhe said. âAnd I think our patients recognize and appreciate it. They feel comfortable with us and know that they will receive the highest quality care when they are here.