Long Beach Memorial's outcome data demonstrates that at least 90 percent of individuals identified at risk for falling are no longer at risk after completing their rehabilitation program.
Forty percent of people over the age of 40 experience dizziness due to a vestibular deficit. The Memorial Balance and Vestibular Center at Long Beach Memorial designs individualized treatment programs to improve balance, reduce fall risks, limit dizziness and increase functional mobility.
A health care team certified in balance and vestibular (inner ear) dysfunction provides testing as appropriate to identify the cause of a balance problem. Because of advances in testing and research, the Long Beach Memorial vestibular team can accurately identify the cause of vestibular deficits and apply effective rehabilitation techniques to reduce dizziness and improve function.
A community balance exercise class for graduates of the program is offered to help maintain functional accomplishments.
- Initial evaluation by a physical therapist and/or a physician.
- Testing as appropriate to identify the cause of the balance problem.
- Individualized exercise program.
- Training in functional activities.
- Education related to specific diagnosis, safety and fall risk, physical therapy rationale and treatment.
- Equipment needs assessment.
- Referral for occupational therapy if needed to address issues of activities of daily living (writing, bathing, dressing and cooking).