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Clinical Manifestations of VM The clinical manifestation of VM varies for each patient, including frequency and duration of episodes 30 , The history of spontaneous or positional vertigo is the typical feature of VM Some patients have reported positional vertigo after a few hours or days following spontaneous vertigo 39 , Like other vestibular disorders, along with vertigo, patients with VM may have phonophobia intolerance to loud sound , osmophobia psychological hypersensitivity to odors , photophobia abnormal intolerance to visual perception of light , and visual or other auras An aura is a temporary important neurological phenomenon that appears before or during a headache The duration of an aura can differ from a few seconds to several minutes or several hours and sometime to a few days 5 , 13 , 18 , 45 , 46 ; however, the diagnostic criteria of VM require an aura with a minimum duration of 5 min and the aura seldom exceed 72 h.

Furthermore, the episode of vertigo and headache may not occur together, which make more difficult to diagnose this disorder 13 , 18 , Individuals with VM generally have lower quality of life measures 3 including depression and sleep problems The neurological examination of the patients with VM is usually normal between the attacks During the episodes of vertigo, the patient shows signs of nystagmus and vision problem such as sensitivity to light; suggestive of either a central or peripheral vestibular abnormality 49 — Treatment Various treatment options are available for patients with VM, which includes reduction of triggers, pharmacotherapy, and physical therapy 48 , However, no specific evidence-based treatment is available, and no randomized controlled trials for the treatment of VM exist, mainly due to lack of diagnostic criteria Rather, treatments are based on those for a migraine headache Abortive therapy is used to treat an acute attack of a headache or vertigo.

The triptans like sumatriptan were reported to be effective when the vestibular symptoms were associated or not associated with a headache A placebo-controlled study by Neuhauser et al.

The results were inconclusive because of small sample size limited to 10 patients only. In general, there are very few options available for abortive treatment of VM attacks. The next strategies of treatment consist of prophylactic medications. In contrast, a previous review of eight retrospective studies on the treatment of VM reported negligible improvement with a migraine prophylactic medication Therefore, more high-quality studies are required to make firm evidence on the effect of prophylactic drugs in the treatment VM.

The use of nonpharmaceutical methods such as VR in the management of VM is also helpful 23 and in some patients, these approaches were found to be more effective than drugs Some patients, especially those with persistent symptoms of attacks, may benefit from VR The role of VR tends to become more important if secondary complications such as deconditioning, imbalance or visual dependence have developed 56 , However, it was not confirmed by any high quality randomized controlled studies.

However, this was a retrospective study level IV of 90 people with VM; only 14 patients had rehabilitation so they suggest that rehabilitation may be under-utilized but the research of VR being effective in relieving headache and vestibular symptoms isn't conclusive. Outcome Measures There are varieties of outcome measures that are used to quantify the effects of VR. The ABC scale was designed to assess balance confidence in performing varieties of daily activities, for instance walking in the house, stair climbing, and walking on slippery floors.

The ABC scale was reported to be a valid scale in people with vestibular disorders High scores indicate better and scores of 67 or less in community-living older adults have been associated with increased fall risk The DHI is a reliable and valid self-report measure used in people with vertigo The DHI is comprised of 25 items in three domains functional, emotional, and physical with three response levels.

The possible total score ranges are 0— Higher scores indicate more severe symptoms and have been associated with increased fall risk in people with balance and vestibular disorders The DGI was designed to measure how well individuals can ambulate under various conditions such as walking, walking around and over objects, walking with head turns, waking and turning quickly, and going up and down steps DGI include eight items, each scored on a 0—3 grade with a total score of Scores of 19 or less indicate increased risk of falling in older people The VSI is designed to evaluate the severity of six vestibular related symptoms dizziness, balance, nausea, vertigo, headache and visual sensitivity scored on a range from 0 to 10 0 indicates no severity and 60 indicates maximum severity The VRBQ is designed to measure dizziness, motion provoked dizziness, anxiety, and quality of life changes following VR.

Each subscale is scored separately on a six-point scale in which more negative scores indicate a negative impact The VSS is designed to assess both the frequency of vestibular-balance symptoms and severity of autonomic-anxiety symptoms Other possible articles were searched manually from the citation list provided with each article.

The critical review form for quantitative studies was used to appraise quality assessment and risk of bias in the selected studies This assessment tool is applicable to the study designs of interest in the current review and is included with a detailed user guideline The user is suggested to give a score of 1 if criterion achieved, and a score of 0 if not achieved, or not reported also 0.

The user is also supposed to describe the study design and whether or not the design was appropriate for the study question?


In addition, authors should report reliability and validity of outcome measures to fulfill the criteria of using reliable and valid outcomes Effects of Vestibular Rehabilitation in VM Based on low quality evidence, nonpharmaceutical approaches such as preventing trigger factors, regular sleep and diet, and physical therapy have been shown to be effective in treating individuals with vestibular disorders including those with VM.

VR is a therapeutic approach that often includes four varieties of exercise components to reduce impairments and functional limitations in patients with vestibular dysfunction: 1 exercises to improve gaze stability gaze stability exercises , 2 exercises to adjust the symptoms habituation exercises , 3 exercises to enhance gait and balance gait and balance training , and 4 walking to improve endurance Table 2 illustrates the results of the quality assessment using the Critical Review Form—Quantitative Studies One-third of the included studies 70 , 71 had 80 and above percentage score on the Critical Review Form.

Most of the included studies had a risk of bias 23 , 25 , 69 , None of the included studies provide the justification for the sample size. Only two included studies provide information about the dropouts 70 , We reviewed five studies 23 , 25 , 69 — 71 that investigated the effectiveness of VR for migraine related vestibular symptoms Table 3.

Gottshall et al.

In addition, Whitney et al. In contrast, Wrisley et al. However, none of these studies had untreated control groups and therefore, improvement could have been from time alone time from onset or because they were getting attention from the therapist or because they felt that they were doing something positive that gave them a sense of control over the situation.

The authors cannot be sure that these improvements were from performing vestibular exercises. Study characteristics.

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Whitney et al. A tailor-made VR was designed for each patient as per their symptoms and included the following components, as needed: habituation exercises, exercises to develop vestibular compensation, balance and gait training, general strengthening and stretching exercises, exercise to improve the use of specific sensory inputs for balance control.

They also studied the effects of anti-migraine medications along with physical therapy intervention in those patients. The result of the study found that patients who received anti-migraine medications in combination with physical therapy intervention showed improved outcomes The major weakness of this study was the absence of any comparable group as this was a retrospective case series.

It was unknown, whether the improvements in the outcomes were due to intervention or because of recovery of the symptoms. They use specific exercises designed to reduce dizziness, improve balance, and improve general activity levels. The focus of the exercise was to provide specific stimuli to train the brain for habituation or attenuation of the dizziness response.

Habituation or attenuation is defined as a reduction in response as a result of repeating a provocative movement many times, as described by Norre and DeWeerdt To improve balance and coordinated muscle responses, balance retraining exercises were designed. To improve general activity levels, a daily aerobic training, swimming, or cycling was given. The results of the study reported a statistically significant improvement in the DHI, balance confidence score, DGI, and dynamic posture following VR for all patients However, Gottshall et al.

Additionally, all patients in this study continued their migraine preventive medication. Results lower than 16 indicate a high risk of falls; the cut-off value is considered to be 19 points. The DGI has shown good inter-evaluator reliability 0. However, Whitney et al.

Results for vestibular rehabilitation

Gaze stabilisation during cephalic movement vestibulo-ocular reflex was assessed with the clinical DVA test. This test detects abnormalities when high frequencies 1. First of all, the therapist recorded the lowest line that the patient was able to read with his or her head still, without making any mistakes, with the patient reading at a speed of 1 optotype per second. The therapist recorded the lowest line that the patient was able to read while his or her head was in movement, with the same requirements as when the head was still.

Normal value was considered to be up to 2 lines of difference between the static visual acuity head still and the dynamic visual acuity head in movement ; values of 3 or more were considered abnormal. This difference was recorded as a study variable. To reduce operator error, a metronome and a similar device described by Dannenbaum et al.

This central line was aligned with a mark placed on the sagittal plane of the patient's head without touching it, which made it possible to respect the range of movement Fig. Figure 1. Device to regulate the range of movement in the performance of the clinical dynamic visual acuity test.

Source: adapted from Dannenbaum et al. Perception of disability was assessed with self-administered questionnaire known as the Dizziness Handicap Inventory DHI , which was described by Jacobson et al. It consists of 25 questions that evaluate the functional, physical and emotional aspects related to dizziness and instability, with a score ranging from 0 to , with the greater the score, the greater the degree of perception of disability.

All of the subjects performed exercises of adaptation of the vestibulo-ocular and vestibulo-spinal reflexes 3—5 times a day in their homes, with a total stimulus time of 20—40min daily. The vestibulo-ocular and oculomotor exercises included paradigm X1 and X2 near and far and the exercises 2 cards, card memory, saccadic movements and gaze shifting.

The vestibulo-spinal exercises included balance with progressive reduction of the holding base, eyes open and closed and firm to soft surface.Although average changes were not significant 70min after rehabilitation, they resulted in a significant change in DP B , decreasing from Changes in VOR responses i. To reduce operator error, a metronome and a similar device described by Dannenbaum et al. Wrisley et al. The decreasing non-significant trend for HR rotations and the increasing non-significant trend for responses to LR rotations were opposite to that expected from simple habituation to a unidirectional rotation observed in normal subjects, which resulted in a decrease in the responses of the side ipsilateral to rotation and no change in the opposite side Like other vestibular disorders, along with vertigo, patients with VM may have phonophobia intolerance to loud sound , osmophobia psychological hypersensitivity to odors , photophobia abnormal intolerance to visual perception of light , and visual or other auras The annual prevalence of a VM is 0.

The slow deceleration was particularly important in order to have a smooth end of rotation since a sudden stop could function as a stimulation in the opposite direction. It also has the additional benefit that its measurement is fast and relatively comfortable for patients The absence of any pathognomonic signs, biomarkers, blood, or lab tests and the presence of overlap symptoms between the VM and the other causes of vertigo make it more difficult to confirm the diagnosis of VM.