Balance Assessment

Sensor Medica Clinic

Physical Medicine, Regenerative Medicine & Medical Aesthetics located in Idaho Falls, ID

Losing your balance and falling is a serious health risk — approximately 20% of falls cause severe injuries like fractures or head trauma. The health care team at Sensor Medica Clinic in Idaho Falls, Idaho, provides state-of-the-art balance assessments to evaluate your balance and identify issues that could increase your risk of falling. To get a balance assessment, call Sensor Medica Clinic or schedule a consultation online today.

Balance Assessment Q & A

What is a balance assessment?

Your ability to balance while standing still and moving is critical to preventing falls and related injuries. A balance assessment checks how steady you are on your feet and helps identify issues that decrease your stability.

At Sensor Medica Clinic, the team uses state-of-the-art equipment to evaluate your balance control. The assessment includes static tests when your eyes are open and closed, posture analysis, and gait analysis to assess your balance while walking or running. 

Why would I need a balance assessment?

Your doctor could order a balance assessment if you have symptoms like dizziness, feeling like you’re spinning, blurry or double vision, or feeling like you’re going to faint. 

You might also need a balance assessment after a fall or an injury. Your physician might also recommend a balance assessment if you have signs of a health condition that could increase your risk of falling.

For example, a balance assessment provides information to diagnose issues, including:

  • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo
  • Meniere’s disease
  • Vestibular neuritis
  • Migraines
  • Head injuries

Some medicines can make you dizzy, and your doctor might recommend a balance assessment to scan for this unwanted side effect. 

What happens during a balance assessment?

The team at Sensor Medica Clinic uses innovative sensor platforms and treadmills to evaluate your balance while standing still and walking. 

During the static test, you stand on the sensor platform. After collecting data while your eyes are open, your provider asks you to close your eyes to see if there is a difference. The plate form collects biomechanical data about the pressure of your feet on the ground and micro-oscillations in your body. 

During the movement tests, you walk on a treadmill that collects data about your gait — how your feet move when you walk. An uneven stride can affect your balance and cause biomechanical problems throughout your body. 

The team also offers cutting-edge sensor insoles. You wear the insoles in your shoes for a couple of days while they record information about your balance, posture, and gait. 

What happens if I have a high risk of falling?

If your balance assessment reveals any areas of weakness, the team at Sensor Medica Clinic creates personalized programs to correct irregularities, improve your strength, and enhance your balance. Your plan could include physical therapy, chiropractic adjustments, or custom orthotics.

Call Sensor Medica Clinic or make an appointment online today for an expert balance assessment.