If you or a loved one is experiencing dizziness or balance problems, you are not alone. In fact, it is estimated that more than 50 percent of the American adult population will experience dizziness or balance problems in their lifetime.
Have you or a loved one experienced any of the following?
- Difficulty getting up from a chair or out of bed
- Numbness or loss of sensation in your legs
- Trouble walking up or down inclined surfaces
- Loss of balance when standing still
- Feel the need to look for support or grab on to something when moving around
- Problems judging distances when walking
- Feel dizzy or light-headed
- Suffered a stroke
- Suffered any type of head or neck trauma
- Decrease in hearing
- Vision problems, such as double vision or blurred vision
- Increased sensitivity to light and/or sound
These are only some of the indicators that you or your loved one may need balance testing.
Did you know that:
- Falls are the number one cause of accidental death and the number one reason for hospital admissions for people over age 65.
- More than one-third of adults 65 years and older fall each year in the United States.
- Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries.
- Injuries related to falls have reached epidemic proportions. Most falls occur because people have a balance disorder. However, the majority of people who have a problem with balance are totally unaware of it.
The Balance Center at Kennedy can help diagnose the reasons for dizziness and/or falls. Our compassionate and highly-trained staff members will conduct a number of painless tests that will help your doctor diagnose the cause of your balance issues and develop an effective treatment plan. The testing process takes just a little over an hour.
Some of the tests offered include:
- Nystagmography tests, a series of tests that determine a person's ability to follow visual objects with their eyes. These tests check to see how the patient's eyes respond to some types of information from their vestibular (balance) system. Painless electrodes may be placed around the patient's eyes (electronystagmography-ENG) or may use an infrared video camera (IR video nystagmography) to conduct these tests. Eye movement tests are useful because some patients with balance system problems have problems seeing clearly when moving, or they get the erroneous sense that objects are moving.
- Ocular Motility is a test that has the patient follow with their eyes objects that jump from place to place or move smoothly. The patient will be monitored for any slowness or inaccuracies in their ability to follow visual targets.
- Optokinetic Nystagmus is a test that requires a patient to view a large, continuously moving visual image to see if their eyes can appropriately track these movements.
- Positional Nystagmus is a test patient's head and body will be moved into various positions to ensure that there are no inappropriate movements of their eyes when their head is in different positions.
- Caloric Test involves stimulating both of the patient's inner ears (usually one at a time) with warm and then cold air. The movements of the patient's eyes will be monitored to ensure that both of their ears can sense this stimulation.
Balance can be improved!
It is not uncommon for individuals with a history of balance problems to regain their balance control through accurate diagnosis and appropriate medical treatment and/or rehabilitation exercises. One famous example is astronaut John Glenn. Following his historic space flights in the 1960s, Glenn experienced balance problems that disqualified him from service. After a rehabilitation program, John Glenn was able to return to space at age 77 and he performed as well as his younger colleagues!
With proper diagnosis and treatment, you or your loved one can recover from balance disorders and regain your control, even at an advanced age.
Balance Center at Kennedy - Cherry Hill
2201 Chapel Avenue West, Suite 203
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Balance Center at Kennedy - Wash. Twp
400 Medical Center Drive, Suite D
Sewell, NJ 08080
Balance Center at Kennedy - Stratford
101 Laurel Road
Stratford, NJ 08084