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Balance and Vestibular Rehabilitation Treatment Information
Environmental strategies. Based on the outcome of your comprehensive balance and vestibular assessment, our therapists will discuss and recommend strategies for a safer home environment. These simple steps, such as furniture placement, moving rugs to prevent falls, and turning on lights at night can significantly decrease the chances of future falls. If needed, we will also recommend and help you locate assistive devices, such as walkers, canes or grab bars.
Routine Screening. Patients who have experienced dizziness, a disturbance in their balance, or are beginning to experience falls may contact IU Health Rehabilitation Services to schedule a Balance and Vestibular evaluation. Based on the assessment, your therapist will help you determine if further treatment is necessary, or if environmental strategies will be sufficient in preventing future falls.
Neurocom Smart Equi-Test Balance Master. Computerized Dynamic Posturography (CDP) allows therapists at select IU Health Rehabilitation clinics to gain a more thorough and objective measure of balance and/or vestibular impairments. Combined with the expert knowledge of our clinical staff, a CDP allows our therapists to quickly and accurately pin-point the origin of most balance disturbances. Following a CDP, your therapists may recommend traditional therapy, continued use of the Neurocom Balance Master, or a combination of the two.
Vestibular Rehabilitation. Vestibular Rehabilitation focuses on a particular area of dysfunction that contributes to balance issues and dizziness: the inner ear. Therapists at IU Health Rehabilitation Services identify the cause of vestibular dysfunction and use positional maneuvering or prescribe exercises to help vestibular conditions like benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), one of the most common causes of vertigo, which involves a spinning sensation.
Vestibular Diagnostic Testing. At the Indiana University Health Neuroscience Center, Physical Therapists and Audiologists work together within Ear, Nose & Throat to conduct an advanced Vestibular Diagnostic Clinic. This clinic is designed for patients who need additional diagnositc measures beyond traditional physical therapy and/or a CDP. Vestibular Diagnostic testing includes the use of calorics, rotary chair testing and a comprehensive hearing screen. Patients can be referred to the Vestibular Diagnostic Clinic through their Physical Therapist.
Balance and Vestibular Rehabilitation Support Services
Learn more about occupational therapy through the following resources:
A Sampling of Balance and Vestibular Rehabilitation Support Services
This site of the U.S. National Library of Medicine explains how physical medicine and rehabilitation can help you recover after a medical condition or injury.
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
This agency of the National Institutes of Health provides information on stroke rehabilitation.
Balance and Vestibular Rehabilitation Rehabilitation Locations
LifeWorks – Michigan City
3777 N. Frontage Rd.
Michigan City, IN 46360
IU Health Ball Memorial Outpatient Rehab Center
3300 West Community Drive
Muncie, IN 47304
IU Health Saxony Hospital Adult Outpatient Services
13100 E. 136th Street, Suite 2100
Fishers, IN 46037
IU Health Neuroscience Center – Neurorehabilitation and Robotics
355 W. 16th Street, Suite 1800 Room 1078
Indianapolis, IN 46202
IU Health Methodist Professional Center
1801 N. Senate Blvd., Suite 1438
Indianapolis, IN 46202
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