Developing customized treatment to keep you on your feet
Do you feel dizzy or light-headed when you walk down the aisles of the grocery store, bend over or move suddenly? You may suffer from one of the more than 200 conditions that affect your inner ear, vision and sense of body position, all of which work together to help maintain a sense of balance.
The audiologists and physical therapists of Via Christi Balance Program, working with your physician, use our specialized testing equipment to find the source of your balance problem and design the right treatment for you.
Specialized testing equipment includes:
- Videonystagmography, or VNG, records and measures eye movements to help assess the function of your inner ear, brain, and balance system.
- Computerized Dynamic Posturography, or CDP, evaluates how a sense of motion in muscles and joints works with vision and inner ear function in balancing.
- The Rotary Chair records eye movement in response to stimulation of the inner ear systems. This test evaluates the VOR, a reflex that allows you to fix your sight on objects while your head moves - as when reading street signs while walking or driving.
A comprehensive assessment of your strength, movements and balance skills, combined with these diagnostic tests, allows your therapists to develop a customized balance therapy program to reduce your dizziness and risk of falls.
The testing and therapy provided by the Via Christi Balance Program is covered by most insurance plans and requires a physician referral.