Balance Institute

Balance Institute

What is the Balance Institute?

The Balance Institute is a new service at Eisenhower Medical Center that evaluates and treats balance deficits and vertigo. The staff of physical therapists and audiologists specializes in managing vestibular deficits and other balance-related problems such as stroke, Parkinson's disease, orthopedic issues and head injuries. A medical director oversees all programs.

A referral with a diagnosis relating to balance or vestibular deficits is needed from a physician. Evaluation and treatment is covered under most private insurances and Medicare.

Why is this resource unique?

The Balance Institute is the only facility in the Coachella Valley that uses the SMART EquiTest® System to assess balance. With this computerized technology, the clinician is able to provide an objective balance evaluation of the sensory and motor parts of the balance system and design acustomized training program for specific balance problems.

How do I know if I might benefit from this service?

You might benefit if you:

Why might I need balance or vestibular training?

One in 10 visits to the doctor includes the complaint of dizziness or imbalance. These symptoms are often dismissed as the insignificant consequence of other disorders or as a natural part of aging. Vertigo and associated balance difficulties result in profound disruptions in daily life. Fractures related to falls cause a major loss of independence and often lead to the need for assisted living, and occasionally, serious injury and even death. The benefits of balance and vestibular training include identification of the cause of your imbalance and the underlying musculoskeletal/neurological factors, managing the effects of dizziness, increased functional independence and prevention of further falls and injuries.

What does treatment involve?

Depending on your individual condition, it may involve:

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