Frequently Asked Questions
- Will I need a referral to be seen at the Balance Institute of Indiana?
Yes, a physician referral is required by the State of Indiana for a patient to receive services from a physical therapist or audiologist
- How long will my appointment take? And how often do I need to come?
Depending of the nature of your visit it will vary. An initial evaluation and treatments will last between 45 minutes to 1 hour. Testing appointments will range from 1- 2 hours. Following therapy appointments are usually 1-2 times a week for 3-8 weeks depending on the plan of care you and your therapist discuss.
- What is Vestibular Rehabilitation?
Vestibular Rehab is an exercise program designed by specially trained physical therapists to assist a patient compensate for a loss or imbalance within the vestibular (inner ear) system. The balance program will address balance activities and/or eye movement exercises that coordinate the sensory organization of the balance mechanism. The exercises will help the patient’s brain to reorganized/ re-program the reflexes required for a variety of daily activities.
- What if I only have balance difficulties but NOT dizziness?
We have a saying… “NOT all dizzy is imbalanced and NOT all imbalances are dizzy!” You do NOT have to have dizziness or lightheadedness to be seen here at the Balance Institute. Frequently patients are referred for difficulties in just walking or have experience challenged when walking outside the home or with stairs. Patients who have experience a general deconditioning and have noticed that they are not able to react as quickly as before or had a recent fall is a common patient we see here at Balance Institute of Indiana.
- Who will I see when I come for my first visit?
You will see a licensed physical therapist that specializes in balance and vestibular dysfunction. Our therapists are Competency certified in Vestibular Rehabilitation trained and attend yearly continuing education on issues related to the diagnoses they treat.
- What is a CDP and why is it necessary?
We utilize NeuroCom’s Smart Equitest for the Computerized Dynamic Posturography. This test provides our therapists and your referring physician with valuable information on how your balance function (eyes, ears, and muscles/joints) is organizing itself. This will demonstrate your functional impairments establishing a starting point for your rehab but more importantly objectifying your strength and weaknesses. This allows your therapist to develop a more efficient and effective home exercise plan of care- expediting your need for therapy, therefore maximizing your results!
- I have already been through Physical Therapy for this condition and it didn’t help. Why is this different?
This is ALL we do! It has been demonstrated in multiple research studies that a generalized balance program working on strength and flexibility are helpful. Customized programs have been reported to be significantly more effective in resolving symptoms than generic exercises and especially medicine. Because each patient’s symptoms and needs are different, it is very important that each program be individually designed to meet those needs YOU WILL SEE THE SAME THERAPIST WITH A ONE ON ONE VISIT: NO AIDES, NO TECHS!
- What types of disorders are not helped by vestibular rehab?
- Meniere’s Attacks(However, some patients complain of motion and visual intolerance between attacks and a short duration of rehab will assist in improving this compensation process)
- Hearing loss