Balance and Gait Disorders Therapists will assess your balance with research based assessment tools such as the Time Up and GO (TUG) test, BERG balance, and Dynamic Gait Index ( DGI) to name a few. After the assessment the therapist will determine the proper treatment to help you improve your balance and gait. Both balance and gait require three major sensory functions to be working properly the inner ear, eyes and proprioceptive feedback. When these one or more of these functions are inhibited problems can arise. The increasing amount of hip fractures and injuries from balance and gait disorders is astounding and our hope is to prevention.
Vestibular Problems (Vertigo/BPPV) Many suffer from a common form of vertigo called Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) it is the sensation that the room is spinning. BPPV is typically caused by the otoconia ( little crystal like formations in the inner ear that sense where you are in space) being dislodged and fall into the semicircular canals, causing the dizziness. This can be triggered by a change in position for example looking over your shoulder, looking up at the ceiling or down at the floor, getting up from lying down or turning over in bed. These sxs can last for a brief moment up to a few mins, they can be followed by nausea or vomiting as well.
We will provide a comprehensive evaluation to rule out other possible causes of vertigo and if clear will perform a procedure called the Eply Manuever which will consist of having the pt in many different positions to cause the dizziness. The hope is to get the otoconia back where they belong and have them reattach to the cilia in the inner ear to allow for proper recongintion of where they are in space.
*We strongly recommend a driver come with you to your visit in case you remain dizzy after the visit. *