The Rush Balance Assessment and Treatment Program utilizes computerized dynamic posturography, an advanced diagnostic tool that differentiates between the sensory, motor and adaptive components of a balance problem, affording physicians a customized, goal-oriented treatment plan for each patient’s specific needs.
The program offers convenient, on-site rehabilitation and balance retraining in the Physical and Occupational Therapy Departments using a state-of-the-art biofeedback force platform. A multidisciplinary approach is also utilized which can include physiatry, physical therapy and occupational therapy when indicated.
- Fall risk identification and management
- Movement disorders
- Post-CVA rehabilitation
- Head injury/concussion
- Vestibular disorders
- Neurodegenerative diseases
- Pharmacological/ototoxicity issues
- Chronic mobility disorders
- Orthopedic injuries
Computerized dynamic posturography (CDP) is the only method validated by controlled research studies to identify the functional contributions and limitations of vestibular and visual/somatosensory input, central integrating mechanisms and neuromuscular system output for postural and balance control.
During CDP testing, the patient stands (supported by a safety harness) on a moveable force platform within a moveable enclosure. Under control of a computer, the force platform and/or the patient’s visual surroundings shift. Because postural stability and platform/surround movements are precisely calibrated relative to the patient’s height and weight, graphical summaries can compare results to those of age-matched asymptomatic individuals.
The precise test data identifies and differentiates underlying sensory and motor impairments. Quantifiable results enhance the diagnosis and treatment of balance and postural instability, especially for those patients who have previously proved difficult to diagnose.
CDP testing generates a comprehensive report, with treatment protocols individualized for each patient to direct and monitor the plan of care. This report is communicated to the referring physician along with the recommended course of action.
Balance Retraining and Rehabilitation
Depending on the diagnosis, balance disorders may be treated using the Balance Master, a computerized balance retraining device that uses visual biofeedback, coupled with sensitive, real-time monitoring of patient movement on a force platform. The Balance Master improves a patient’s overall balance through motivating protocols that can be progressed as the patient‘s capabilities improve. The force-plate technology may be used alone or as an adjunct to traditional rehabilitative therapies when needed.