In assessing a patient with a balance and dizziness disorder, your Therapist focuses on five major areas:Musculoskeletal assessment
This test includes range of motion, strength, sensation and coordination.Occulomotor testing
Oculomotor control is tested, visual-balance, dizziness interaction and gaze-fixation suppression are assessed.
This examination includes sitting, standing, movement strategies, and sensory organization.
Balance and gait assessment
Static and dynamic balance skills are assessed, including balance during gait (walking). The patient’s use of appropriate movement strategies in balance control is also examined.
A questionnaire and movement tests are used to identify triggers of dizziness, its frequency of occurrence, symptom severity, and lifestyle impact. .
After balance and dizziness assessment, a list of patient problems is generated, short- and long-term goals are established, and the patient is placed on an appropriate exercise program.