平衡测试和治疗


Balance, Dizziness, Vertigo | Comprehensive Evaluation and Care


Millions of adults and children suffer from vertigo, balance, and 头晕 issues. 这些慢性疾病, 哪些可能是由内耳问题引起的, 偏头痛, 神经系统疾病或头部受伤, 会对整体生活质量产生严重影响吗. Specialists at WMCHealth Physicians: Advanced ENT Services provide diagnostic and therapeutic care for these medical issues in partnership with The 平衡中心 at 威彻斯特医疗中心. 在这里, patients may receive care from a board-certified neur耳科医生, 耳科医生, 听力学家, 平衡治疗师或其他类型的耳鼻喉专科医生.


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Balance problems can stem from a variety of conditions including disease or physical abnormalities. Providers with Advanced ENT Services offer several types of diagnostic testing, as well as therapy services to identify and treat many of these conditions and provide much needed vertigo relief.

The human balance system integrates information from your eyes, 脚, 以及内耳前庭器官. 这些系统协同工作使你保持平衡. 如果你的平衡有困难, your symptoms may be a result of a problem in one or more of these areas. To help determine what parts of the balance system may be contributing to your symptoms you may undergo a series of comprehensive balance tests. 平衡测试是无痛的, non-invasive diagnostic protocol during which your balance systems will be stimulated and responses from those systems will be recorded. 最终, these tests will help the physician to accurately diagnose your balance problem and formulate an appropriate plan for vertigo relief and balance and 头晕 treatment.

Testing takes approximately two to three hours and is performed by a licensed 听力学家. Most patients tolerate balance/inner ear testing quite well. However it is normal to experience an increased feeling of unsteadiness, 头晕, 把感觉, 或恶心. 测试可能包括:

  • 计算机动态虚拟姿势术:
    • The 平衡中心 at 威彻斯特医疗中心 has an advanced virtual reality system that allows for both assessment and treatment of vestibular and balance deficits. 使用耳机, this equipment is able to place individuals into various simulated environments and challenge their balance and inner ear systems. It can also perform posturography testing in order to determine a patient’s areas of strengths and weaknesses. It allows an in-depth assessment of an individual's somatosensory, visual and vestibular systems. This information helps us guide treatment sessions performed at our facility.
  • 旋转前庭测试(RVT):
    • RVT期间, 或旋转椅测试, 病人在黑暗中坐了一小段时间, 和听力学家谈话, while the chair slowly swivels from side to side at different speeds. 戴上视频护目镜记录眼球运动, which are driven by the inner ear balance organs when the head is moving from side to side. The RVT system greatly increases your provider’s ability to detect subtle vestibular abnormalities not identified by other test modalities.
  • 前庭诱发肌源电位(VEMP):
    • VEMP testing evaluates the saccule of the inner ear and the inferior vestibular nerve. Electrodes are attached to the forehead and neck and earphones are placed in ears. While listening to a series of clicks, the patient lifts and turns the head. VEMP is used to diagnose superior canal dehiscence and inferior vestibular nerve disorders.
  • Videonystagmography:
    • The patient wears video goggles to provide quantitative recordings of eye movements during this test. 首先,病人被要求跟随移动的灯光. 第二个, the patient will be asked to move into several different body positions while on an exam table. 在考试的最后一部分, a mild stream of warm and cool air is delivered to the ear canal for a brief time while the patient is lying down. 所有患者对这项测试的体验都不同. However it is normal to feel a sense of movement for a minute or two with this stimulation.
  • 前庭和平衡疗法:
    • 在前庭和平衡康复, patients work one-on-one with a balance therapist in an exercise program designed specifically for each patient to lessen the severity of 头晕, vertigo and balance problems and to decrease the risk of fall or injury. Your provider can tell you more about exercises for vertigo, 治疗眩晕的药物, 还有其他治疗眩晕的方法.

Some or all of these services may be beneficial in diagnosing, 改善或解决您的特定症状. 在大多数情况下, your referring physician will recommend initial testing and our providers will offer feedback to your doctor regarding the next best steps for evaluation and balance or 头晕 treatment.

Schedule a Consultation With a Balance Specialist Near You

For more information about balance testing and therapies, please call 914.493.4634. Please fill out this brief form to request an appointment.

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