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Otorinolaringologia 2005 September;55(3):159-63

language: Italian

Vestibular compensation in elderly

Asprella Libonati G.

S.S.D. di “Audiologia, Vestibologia e Foniatria. Chirurgia Oncologica della Testa e del Collo e della Tiroide” Ospedale “Madonna delle Grazie”, Matera


Facing an equilibrium problem in an elderly subject it’s very important to pay particular attention and to plan rehabilitation programs aimed and personalized. To do this it means a rationalization of drug consumption and a change of patient style life, avoiding sedentariness. Then it’s important to reduce conflict conditions of sensorial inputs and improve them. Particular attention to proprioceptive inputs from plantar or principal joint origins, with a control of joints mobility and muscular tone, and supporting a proprioceptive analysis finalised to a better motor coordination. Ocular and auditive inputs too must be corrected if possible. Finally it’s important a rehabilitation program based on a good patient-therapist relationship. To promote a program that helps vestibular compensation it’s necessary to personalize as much as possible schemes using prevalently ocular and vestibular inputs instead of propriocetives ones.

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