Balance Test

 

Each year, millions of adults aged 65 and older fall.  Falls can cause moderate to severe injuries, such as hip fractures and head traumas, and can increase the risk of early death. The Vestibular Autorotation Test(VAT®) evaluates some reasons why people fall.  It majorly tests how well the inner ear is functioning. The test results are also used to design a treatment plan specific to the patient’s problem. Click here to watch the video.

 

Balance from NIH Website:

http://nihseniorhealth.gov/videolist.html#balanceproblems

 

 

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"Older Adults and Balance Problems"

Your vestibular system, which is part of your inner ear, plays a big role in helping you maintain your balance.

 

http://nihseniorhealth.gov/balanceproblems/aboutbalanceproblems/video/bal1_na.html?intro=yes

Home Safety Tips"

"Be Physically Active"

"Have Your Medicines Reviewed"

Getting regular exercise is one way to prevent falls.

 

http://nihseniorhealth.gov/falls/personalchanges/video/fall1_na.html?intro=yes

 

 

Ask your doctor or pharmacist if any of your medicines or over-the-counter products could increase your risk of falling. Never stop taking your medications unless you talk with your doctor first.

 

http://nihseniorhealth.gov/falls/personalchanges/video/fall2_na.html?intro=yes

"Treating Balance Problems"

"Why am I Dizzy?"

A few of the more common balance orders that affect older adults are labyrinthitis, Ménière's disease, and benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, or BPPV.

 

http://nihseniorhealth.gov/balanceproblems/causesriskfactorsandprevention/video/bal2_na_intro.html

You can take steps to treat a balance problem and to reduce your risk of falling.

 

http://nihseniorhealth.gov/balanceproblems/treatmentandresearch/video/bal3_na.html?intro=yes

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