Vestibular Testing in Patients Lacking Cervical Range

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What do you do for a geriatric patient who does not have the cervical range in order to do the maneuvers to test for vestibular issues?

Mike Studer, PT, MHS, NCS, CEEAA responds:

If you are looking at the Epley maneuver, it is not necessary that you take that individual back into a position of cervical extension past 10 degrees. One of the things that I like to do is actually lift the body up. It is important that the semicircular canals are inverted or in a Trendelenburg position. To read more, click here.

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