Portable consumer health technologies have completely changed the way people monitor health. Nowadays, consumers can easily and affordably measure their heart rate, take their blood pressure, and even record an electrocardiogram at any time. Best of all, much of this can be done from a watch or another portable device that’s easy to travel with.
Force plate technology is used to measure balance, gait, and other parameters of biomechanics, most commonly for medical and athletic performance purposes. In their simplest form, force plates are designed with a single pedestal. More advanced designs feature a pair of rectangular or triangular plates with load cells or triaxial force transducers between them at the corners.
Each year, there are between 1.7 and 3 million sports-related concussions reported, according to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Unsurprisingly, 300,000 are football-related. The college also reports that 2 in 10 high school athletes who play contact sports will suffer a concussion this year.
Computerized dynamic posturagraphy (CDP) is one of many technologies used to diagnose balance disorders. As opposed to other balance assessment tests that focus on isolated anatomical components, CDP analyzes multiple. It does this by leveraging the following protocols:
When a patient comes in for a routine hearing check and mentions they’ve struggled with dizziness and poor balance, a door to another opportunity for you to help opens. With so many innovative technologies available, accurately diagnosing balance disorders, which generally stem from the vestibular system, has never been easier. Using this equipment will help you better understand your patient’s dizziness issues, which, in turn, will allow you to create a more effective treatment plan.