You Don’t think about Good balance, just assume it is there until you fall …
WE TAKE INITIATIVE AND PRIDE IN PREVENTION OF FALLS – DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF BALANCE is available on site, using state of the art computerized Posturography and VNG diagnostic and treatment system.
Many people don’t find it difficult to walk across a gravel driveway, transition from walking on a sidewalk to grass, or get out of bed in the middle of the night without stumbling. With time, we gradually loose function of many cells and organs. Impaired balance is often unnoticed until a fall happens…This is dangerous, because in a 65 and older population, 30% of falls result in hip fracture. 99% of fractured hip require surgery, which is associated with morbidity and mortality risk. 50% of hip surgery patients do not survive the first year, they may have multiple complications including infections, heart attack, pulmonary embolism and stroke. May times patients do not complain of unsteady gait. Often there are associated symptoms including dizziness, vertigo, hearing and vision problems, and difficulty with concentration and memory.
Balance is the ability to maintain the body’s center of mass over its base of support.
Balance is achieved and maintained by a complex set of sensorimotor control systems that include sensory input from vision (sight), proprioception (deep touch and sense of position in space), and the vestibular system (motion and equilibrium). The data is processed in the brain which coordinates body movement. Injury, disease, or normal aging process can affect one or more of these components.
The coordinated balance system
“Because of its crucial contributions to balance, some even informally refer to the vestibular system as the balance system and the vestibular organs as the balance organs. But the balance system is much more than just the vestibular system, and the vestibular system contributes to more than just balance.” – Dr. Daniel Merfeld, Massachusettes Eye & Ear Infirmary
The human balance system involves a complex set of sensorimotor-control systems. Its interlacing feedback mechanisms can be disrupted by damage to one or more components through injury, disease, or the aging process. Impaired balance can be accompanied by other symptoms such as dizziness, vertigo, vision problems, nausea, fatigue, and concentration difficulties.
DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF BALANCE is available in all three of our offices
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- Hanes DA, McCollum G. Journal of Vestibular Research 2006;16(3):75–91.
– See more at: http://vestibular.org/understanding-vestibular-disorder/human-balance-system#sthash.J46YEwrR.dpuf