How Will My Balance Be Tested?
We use sophisticated equipment called CAPS (Comprehensive Assessment of Postural Systems) which is an extremely sensitive force platform and utilizes specially designed software combined in a product that is years ahead of anything else available today.
The CAPS is so unique, it has been awarded 2 separate U.S. Patents, one for its design and one for the way it works.
The CAPS is so sensitive it can display a person’s heartbeat and respiration. In fact it is so sensitive it can even measure the forces caused by someone simply blowing their breath across its surface.
The extraordinary sensitivity of the CAPS allows us to measure the otherwise imperceptible, undetectable movements a person always makes when they are standing, even though they appear to be standing absolutely still.
The CAPS can detect normal or abnormal balance in a person in just 25 seconds, instantly comparing that person’s results to normative data that was established by testing hundreds of people at a major medical school.
The CAPS then generates a report that quantifies the person’s balance, providing us with an objective balance score and warning us when the results are abnormal for the person’s age.
Why Do We Screen All Our Patients For Signs Of A Balance Problem?
… Balance problems can be the first sign of such serious health problems as Brain Tumors, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Diabetes, Strokes, High Blood Pressure, Traumatic Head Injuries, and many others.
… Identifying persons with abnormal balance can be invaluable in the early detection of other serious medical conditions.
… Good balance is just as important to quality of life as the sense of touch, sight, hearing, taste, or smell.
… Without it, persons of all ages cannot effectively do all the things that people with normal balance can do, such as working, driving, playing, or participating in sports.
… Persons with balance problems are much more prone to falls and serious injuries.
… In fact, The National Safety Council says tha falls are the #1 cause of non-fatal injuries and the #2 cause of accidental death in the United States in people of all ages (National Safety Council, Injury Facts 2003).
… Balance problems are the #1 cause of falls in older persons, leading to broken hips, concussions, other serious injuries, even death.
… Falls among the elderly are the #1 reason for emergency room visits and the #1 reason for admission to a nursing home.
Everyone Knows Balance Problems Cause Falls…
So How Serious Are Falls?
In older adults, falls can be very serious!
Falls are the #1 reason for the following for persons age 65 & older:
* Injury-Related Visits to an Emergency Room
* Accidental Death (Falls cause 70% of all accidental deaths in people 75 & over)
* Admission to a Hospital
* Admission to a Nursing Home
Falls now cause nearly 1,000 hip fractures every day in the United States. And as many as 50% of the older adults who suffer a hip fracture will never regain their previous level of functioning and be able to live independently again.
About 35% of community-dwelling elderly persons and 60% of nursing home residents fall each year. Many of them fall repeatedly.
50% of the people age 75 and over fall and sustain a serious injury will die within a year as a result of the fall.
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