Piedmont man walking again, credits Wheeling Hospital therapy program


Bob Tomer of Piedmont has Meniere’s Disease, an inner ear disorder that causes dizziness.

Tomer came down with Meniere’s Disease four years ago, but now he’s doing better every day.

“No matter which way you turned your head, everything would be spinning,” said Tomer. “And then there would be a lot of nausea and vomiting.”

He has had two surgeries in Pittsburgh, and the surgeons suggested physical therapy, so he went to Wheeling Hospital.

Tomer said he didn’t have high hopes, but now he’s walking and functioning well.

“I have really improved,” Tomer said with a smile. “I’d say I’m about 95 percent back to my balance.”

His still visits his physical therapist, Dr. Tom McFadden, once a week and practices things like marching in place while nodding, and then while shaking his head from side to side. He also practices faithfully at home.

“I do them in the morning and afternoon and before I go to bed at night,” Tomer explained. 

“He’s been very dedicated in doing them,” Dr. McFadden noted.

Tomer faces one final surgery at Ohio State University in mid-March. After that his symptoms may be relieved completely.

He’d love to be able to go back to work.

“And I live on Piedmont Lake, and I’d love to be able to go fishing!” he added with a grin.” 

He also credits his wife, Lori, for lots of loving support.

Tomer said he’s grateful his surgeon recommended physical therapy and he couldn’t have asked for a better outcome than what he’s had from his physical therapy with Dr. McFadden.

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