The Carondelet Balance Center serves as a “one stop” care center for adults suffering from vertigo, dizziness, disequilibrium, balance dysfunction, or who have a history of frequent falls. It is the first comprehensive evaluation and rehabilitation center for balance disorders in Southern Arizona.
A comprehensive approach to complex conditions
Our team of specially trained audiologists, physical therapists and referring physicians collaboratively evaluate and treat disorders that affect balance. The team members apply clinically proven techniques supported by state-of-the-art technology and research to improve each patient’s ability to function in daily life. A customized treatment plan is developed and implemented for every patient based on his/her condition and daily activities. Throughout the course of treatment, staff members confer and adjust the care plan to ensure that the best possible outcome is achieved.
A full array of evaluation services
The Balance Center’s team of specialists uses the latest technology to perform tests that will help to pinpoint the nature of the balance problem. Tests performed at the Center include:
- Computerized Dynamic Posturography
Platform testing is used to assess the functional interactions of vision, movement, and the inner ear balance system (vestibular system).
- Video/Electro Nystagmography (VNG/ENG)
Eye movements in response to visual targets and stimulation of the inner ear system are documented to obtain information about the peripheral and central vestibular systems as well as the brain’s control of eye motion (oculomotor system).
- Audiometry, Immittance, and Acoustic
Reflex TestingEvaluations are performed to assess the ear and hearing mechanisms. The magnitude and nature of a hearing loss can be determined. Middle ear function and the status of the facial and hearing nerves are assessed.
- Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potential and Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response Evaluations
Tests are performed to assess the integrity of the neural pathways associated with hearing and balance.
- Physical Therapy Evaluations
The physical systems required to maintain balance and mobility are assessed in depth by specially trained physical therapists.
A personalized treatment program
Armed with information from the evaluation, our clinical team creates a vestibular rehabilitation plan tailored to the patient’s individual needs. Rehabilitation may include exercises and activities to decrease vertigo, repositioning maneuvers and exercises for positional and balance retraining.Based upon the nature of the balance disorder, the rehabilitation program will be designed to
- Resolve or decrease the frequency, intensity, and duration of vertigo
- Improve overall balance, prevent or reduce falls
- Develop ways of coping with dizziness, disequilibrium, and anxiety.
Download: Balance Center Brochure