Vestibular & Balance Disorders

Vestibular & Balance Disorders

An estimated one-third of the people in the United States will experience dizziness at some time in their lives. Besides difficulty in maintaining upright balance, other symptoms include vertigo, gait instability, dysequilibrium, vomiting, fatigue, loss of consciousness and lightheadedness. The Vestibular and Balance Center offers a sophisticated and well-equipped program for the complete testing of those with debilitating dizziness. Providing state-of-the-art assessment, treatment and rehabilitation, thecenter can offer patients:

  • On-and-off axis rotary chair to evaluate bilateral vestibular function across a range of frequencies.
  • Dynamic posturography.
  • Infrared video oculography.
  • Computerized electronystagmography (ENG) to measure eye movement.
  • Particle repositioning treatment for benign paroxysmal vertigo (BPPV).
  • Posturography to study the interaction among visual, sensory and vestibular stimuli.
  • Ocular motor, rotational and positional and caloric testing to examine various body positions and responses.

The UVA Vestibular and Balance Center welcomes the opportunity to work with referring physicians. Patients can be scheduled for either a comprehensive consultation or, alternatively, physicians may request individual tests as they deem appropriate and receive detailed summary reports of these results.

Upon completion of patient testing, VBC can provide referring physicians with a detailed summary and interpretation of test findings as well as a recommendation for treatment or a specialist referral as appropriate. For patients whose conditions do not warrant medical or surgical intervention, vestibular rehabilitation therapy is available. VBC offers an on-site rehabilitative treatment program in the form of specific recommendations for vestibular and balance exercises. A customized therapy program can be directly coupled to functional test findings or may be provided independent of testing as part of a physician-directed medical treatment program.

Faculty specialists include: