Balance Center: A Service of the Neurosciences Institute
Dizziness is the leading cause of falls for the elderly. The National Institutes of Health estimate that 90 million people will complain to their physicians about dizziness at least once in their lifetimes. Annually, vestibular disorders are responsible in 85% of patients’ complaints of dizziness.
A technologically advanced facility provides testing and treatment for vestibular (inner ear) and other balance disorders. The center is conveniently located at the Abington Health Center-Warminster Campus, on the third floor of the Main Building. The Balance Center offers evaluation and treatment for those at risk for falls, as well as for individuals whose equilibrium has been affected by stroke, trauma or other conditions.
Vestibular-trained physical therapists will use both vestibular and posturography equipment to accurately evaluate both the extent of the dizziness problem and what balance mechanisms are involved to create an individualized therapy plan for each patient.
Three board-certified neurologists and three board-certified otolaryngology/ENT specialists work together with vestibular-trained physical therapists to reduce the risk of future falls for these patients. We are committed to providing accurate and timely feedback to primary care physicians who refer their patients for assessment and/or therapy. Serving as medical director of the center is Lee J. Harris, MD, chief, Neurology Division and associate director, Neurosciences Institute.
For more information or to refer a patient for an appointment, call 215-441-6777.